For good explanations of matters scientific, I often go The Reference Frame, the blog of Luboš Motl, that impish, sharp-tongued, iconoclastic Czech physicist. It was there that I had found a reference to a new attempt to explain global warming and the essential sins, such as hiding data, that had been committed in its name. The explanation is by Professor Richard Muller, a physicist at Berkeley, who had gotten hold of the original data that were used to prove that global warming is “undeniable” and is now reanalyzing the whole kit’n’kaboodle to tease out what the real truth is. He also pledges to do it in a completely open and transparent manner, which is a breath of fresh air in this day and age.
It should be noted that Dr. Muller thinks that global warming is going on, though he honestly points out that tree ring analysis and other proxies for changes in global temperature are ambiguous data (not to mention very spotty) that could well be demonstrating something else. He is also not claiming that climate change is anthropogenic, which is the real point of disagreement between the advocates of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and the skeptics. Based on what he has said, Dr. Muller is a genuine scientist, in a justifiable rage over what other scientists had wrought in pursuit of their version of the (un)holy grail.
This new and refreshing focus on the validity of the raw data could not have come at a better time. AGW advocates continue their attempts to force their views on the world even now, either by diktat, as in the case of the Obama EPA, or by way of nonsensical statements in the Congress, as Rep. Waxman’s demand that the Congress codify as holy dogma his claim that “warming of the climate system is unequivocal.”
Best of luck, Dr. Miller! If I were any kind of a mathematician, I’d offer to fly over and help you crunch data. (laughter here) But something tells me you’re equal to the task!