Scientific American said of physicist and climate skeptic at University of California-Berkeley: "Muller's views on climate have made him the darling of the climate skeptics." That probably explains why Professor Muller received a $150,000 grant from the Koch Brothers that partially funded the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project. Other funding included support from Bill Gates' Foundation.
Muller has now released 4 scientific papers (http://berkeleyearth.org/) that confirm the scientific work done by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA's Goddard Institute, and the Hadley Center for Climate Prediction and Research in Britain. Muller specifically states his findings rebut the charges that the climate records have been manipulated or incorrectly presented.
Muller makes the following findings:
1. Global average land temperatures have increased 0.91 celsius degrees.
2. The rate of warming is accelerating and warmed over the last 40 years at a rate of 2.76 celsius for a century, after warming at a rate of 0.73 degrees celsius for the entire 20th century.
3. There has not been a cooling since 1998. Instead the rate of warming has accelerated to 2.84 degrees celsius from 1998 to 2010.
The science that the world is warming and the rate of warming is irrefutable. Professor Muller's BEST papers now pose a challenge to the honor of those who have funded and spread global warming junk science.
Will the global warming deniers such as Governor Perry, Senator Inhofe, George Will, and most of the conservative movement who often attack the left for adhering to junk science confess their error? Will people like Governor Perry who have smeared scientists by saying that they have manipulated temperature data to gain income apologize for their reckless, false charges?
For the rest of us, the Muller BEST data is the worst kind of good news. While it shreds the global warming deniers of all integrity, it confirms once more that substantial warming has taken place, the rate of warming is accelerating, and that our climate is changing in ways that can cause major economic and natural damages.