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Climate Wattage

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorOct 21, 2011 12:42 PM

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This story can BEST be told in a series of headlines, tweets, and quotes. Andy Revkin kicks it off:

Skeptic Talking Point Melts Away as an Inconvenient Physicist Confirms Warming

Pshaw, says Anthony Watts:

The Berkeley Earth Station Surface Temperature project puts PR before peer review

Leo Hickman:

What a surprise: Anthony Watts is crying foul over Muller's BEST results

Watts on the real inconvenience:

Today is a day I got not one thing done for myself due to the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature release sucking all the oxygen out of the climate debate with their pre-peer review release shenanigans.

Oh, and never mind about this:

I'm prepared to accept whatever result they [BEST] produce, even if it proves my premise wrong.

So why is this news even a story, wonders Michael Oppenheimer:

The whole episode is a bit like the continual re-measurement of the gravitational constant (assuming the BEST study stands up).

It's all part of the man/bear/pig climate science hoax, bleats Marc Morano:

Of my, what a con this whole project was.

The reactions of Watts, Morano et al are instructive, says Stephen Sherwood:

Sociopolitically it shines a spotlight on the distinction between true skepticism and denialism. The way contrarians treat Muller now, compared to a year ago, is very revealing.

To be continued...

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