Here an excerpt from the full story reported by the Associated Press. This is an example of a principle of information responsibility I blogged about earlier this year: If you value truth, prove yourself wrong. Of course, if the folks at the Cultural Cognition Project are to be believed (and it unfortunately seems that they are), Richard Muller’s data-supported apostasy will have little effect on the debate.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly.
The study of the world's surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially bankrolled by a foundation connected to global warming deniers. He pursued long-held skeptic theories in analyzing the data. He was spurred to action because of "Climategate," a British scandal involving hacked emails of scientists.