Global Warming Controversy Heats Up

The justification for creating a renewable energy industrial park in Pflugerville would seem to have been based in a large part upon concerns about man-made global warming.

On October 20, an article entitled “The Case Against Global-Warming Skepticism” with the subtitle “There were good reasons to doubt, until now” by Richard A. Muller appeared in The Wall Street Journal. The article is about the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) study about temperature data collected from stations set up in the past for
providing such data. In the last sentence in the article, it is mentioned that the extent to which climate temperature changes can be attributed to human activities through carbon dioxide production was not determined in the BEST study. So the study did not really address the main concerns held by global warming skeptics.

The Muller article has drawn a lot of attention. Commentary is abundant from many sources and provides very interesting reading.

The place to start is probably with

Watts Up With That?

The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project puts PR before peer review” By Anthony Watts, October 20, 2011.

BEST: What I agree with and what I disagree with — plus a call for additional transparency to prevent ‘pal’ review” by Anthony Watts, October 21, 2011.

A mathematician’s reponse to BEST” by Anthony Watts, October 21, 2011.

A preliminary assessment of BEST’s decline” by Willis Eschenbach, October 22, 2011.

What the BEST data actually says” by Willis Eschenbach, October 24, 2011.

Singer’s letter to WaPo on BEST” October 25, 2011.

Explaining Muller vs. Muller: Is BEST blissfully unaware of cosmic-ray-cloud theory?” by Alec Rawls, October 28, 2011.

Other Sources:

Climate Etc. Berkeley Surface Temperatures: Released” by Judith Curry, October 20, 2011.

Curry is one of the coauthors of some of the papers from the BEST study.

The Reference Frame

Berkeley Earth recalculates global mean temperature, gets misinterpreted” by Lubos Motl, October 20, 2011.

Bishop Hill

BEST paper out” by A. W. Montford, October 20, 2011.

A. W. Montford is the author of The Hockey Stick Illusion.

The BEST on offer” by Josh, October 23, 2011.

William M. Briggs

Richard Muller gives permission to be climate skeptic, shows why” October 21, 2011.

D. J. Keenan’s and My BEST Methodology Reviews” October 22, 2011.

What BEST means and what it doesn’t” October 25, 2011.

Climate Science: Roger Pielke, Sr.

Comments and questions on the BEST analysis” by Roger Pielke, Sr., October 21, 2011.

Climate Depot

Befuddled warmist Richard Muller declares skeptics should convert to believers because his study shows the earth has warmed since 1950! – Climate Depot responds” October 20, 2011.

Calder’s Updates

The long pause in warming confirmed” by Nigel Calder, October 20, 2011.

Hoodwinked by Berkeley Earth” by Nigel Calder, October 22, 2011.

Nigel Calder is a coauthor of The Chilling Stars: A Cosmic View of Climate Change.

Climate Nonconformist

Climate fool of the week #16” October 22, 2011.

Climate Audit

First thoughts on BEST” by Steve McIntyre, October 22, 2011.

Still More about the Muller Article:

Global Warming Is Real” by James Delingpole, The Telegraph, October 21, 2011.

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