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Oh by the way, global warming is real

November 1, 2011

You can file this under “things we learned in kindergarten.” But a prominent climate skeptic has now come forward to acknowledge that yes, global warming is in fact, real. Richard Muller, a prominent physicist and climate change skeptic, spent the past two years trying to prove climate scientists wrong. But now that the research is done, he’s decided that temperatures really are rising. Welcome to the club buddy!

Snowing in October? Global warming. We promise.

But this story gets even better. The Charles Koch Foundation gave 1/4 of the total money needed for the research to Muller. The Koch brothers are extremely conservative businessmen who normally fund climate change skeptic groups and causes sympathetic to the Tea Party. Additionally, the privately held company they fund is involved in dirty fuel companies like oil. So it’s all kinds of awesome that they funded a study that ended up proving something they’ve been spending money trying to disprove.

So how did Muller come to this conclusion that had already been concluded by scientists from around the world? By studying temperature records from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, and even reading letters concerning the weather written by Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. His report states that earth’s land is 1.6 degrees warmer than it was in the 1950s. According to Muller, there is “now no reason to be a skeptic about steadily increasing temperatures.” Muller stops short of saying what is causing the rise in temperatures, but he does admit that it “makes sense to reduce the carbon dioxide released by fossil fuels.”

People will believe what they want to believe – sometimes even when all the facts are lined up against them. So it’s great that Muller did his research and admitted that he was wrong. Skepticism is healthy – especially in the scientific community. Now that one more climate skeptic has been cross off the list, we can hope that other conservatives will follow suit and this silly debate can be put to rest once and for all.

-Susan

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