This is what we have lost hope would ever happen. This is politically important. Those of us who recognize that global warming is real and is caused by human activity will not find this scientifically important. But we do know that the reason no mitigation action has been taken for the past at least 30 years of our knowledge is that the issue has been highjacked by corporate interests and in turn their water carriers the republican party.
The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Study (BEST) is poised to release its findings next week on the cause of recent global warming. A forthcoming NY Times op-ed by Richard Muller, BEST’s Founder and Scientific Director, has been excerpted on a conservative website with the headline, "New Global Temperature Data Reanalysis Confirms Warming, Blames C02From Richard Muller:
CALL me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified scientific issues that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Now, after organizing an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I’ve concluded that global warming is real, that the prior estimates of the rate were correct, and that cause is human.Do you suppose that the Koch Brothers are getting hot under the collar? Do you think that they might be starting to realize that they will be affected by climate change as well as the rest of us? Their misinformation and denial campaign is starting to bite them in the butt with the undeniable evidence of extreme weather.
These findings are stronger than those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations group that defines the scientific and diplomatic consensus on global warming. In its 2007 report, the IPCC concluded only that most of the warming of the prior 50 years could be attributed to humans. It was possible, according to the IPCC consensus statement, that the warming before to 1956 could be due to changes in solar activity, and that even a substantial part of the more recent warming could be natural.
UPDATED: per davehouck in comments here is full text of op-ed now published by New York Times