Jon Stewart and the Koch Brothers-Funded Climate Science Study

Another good one by Jon Stewart on the Daily Show. A study that was conducted by a previous climate skeptic and partially funded by the right-wing Koch brothers confirms climate science but the news media hardly cover it.

 

Though the funders and who conducted the study were in fact the most noteworthy items. As pointed out by Eric Steig on the RealClimate blog, the scientific results were hardly new.

The basic fact of warming is supported by a huge array of complementary data (ocean warming, ice melting, phenology etc). And shouldn’t it have helped reduce the element of surprise that a National Academy of Sciences study already concluded that the warming seen in the surface station record was “undoubtedly real,” that Menne et al showed that highly touted station siting issues did not in fact compromise the record, that the satellite record agrees with the surface record in every important respect (see Fig. 7 here), and that numerous independent studies (many of them by amateurs) also confirmed the warming trend?

If the Berkeley results are newsworthy, it is only because Muller had been perceived as an outsider (driven in part by trash-talking about other scientists), and has taken money from the infamous Koch brothers. People acting against expectation (“Man bites dog”) is always better news than the converse, something that Muller’s PR effort has exploited to the max. It does take some integrity to admit getting the same answer as those they had criticized, despite their preconceptions and the preconceptions of their funders.

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