By BJ Bjornson
As if any more evidence was required to show that the so-called climate change �skeptics� have absolutely no interest in actual science, there comes the entirely unsurprising news that the deniers are working to distance themselves from a former poster-boy for the movement who took the unfortunate (from their POV) tack of actually doing the scientific work and publishing results that support the growing mountain of research that already shows beyond any reasonable doubt that climate change is real and being caused by us.
Climate change deniers thought they had an ally in Richard Muller, a popular physics professor at UC Berkeley.
Muller didn�t reject climate science per se, but he was a skeptic, and a convenient one for big polluters and conservative anti-environmentalists � until Muller put their money where his mouth was, and launched the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, in part with a grant from the Charles G. Koch foundation.
After extensive study, he�s concluded that the existing science was right all along � that the earth�s surface is warming, at an accelerating rate. But instead of second-guessing themselves, his erstwhile allies of convenience are now abandoning him.
There�s a fair bit of ducking and weaving invoked in the deniers� distancing efforts, so soon after the fact. The end result, I�m sure, will be the turning off of the money spigot that funded his �skeptical� work and relegation to the memory-hole of Muller�s turn away from their position.
The biggest problem for the deniers is that Muller was an honest skeptic, as in one who was serious about looking for the evidence behind the climate change claims, and who, once he verified said claims, was willing to accept the evidence.
That, in a nutshell, is the epitome of a good scientist and good science, which is absolutely the last thing the deniers want to see.