Koch-funded climate change skeptic reverses course

From the ICJ project

Article linked to from LA Times By Neela Banerjee

A key initiative of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been denying that global warming exists, that any atmospheric or climate change is “cyclic” and not man-made.  As they have argued this position, they have assisted large oil, gas and manufacturing members of their organization – such as Koch Industries, Shell, BP and Exxon/Mobil and energy companies – to defeat all attempts to regulate pollution.  In addition they have worked steadily to deregulate the Environmental Protection Agency, calling the EPA a “Regulatory Train Wreck,”

devoting an entire report to “strategies” lawmakers and citizens alike could use to eliminate the EPA as an unnecessary federal agency and should be abolished.

A well known scientist who previously supported the denial of global warming and man-made climate change – has now changed his mind.  Richard A. Muller, a long-standing, colorful critic of prevailing climate science, and the Berkeley project was heavily funded by the Charles Koch Charitable Foundation, which, along with its libertarian petrochemical billionaire founder Charles G. Koch, has a considerable history of backing groups that deny climate change.

In an opinion piece in Saturday’s New York Times titled “The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic,” Muller writes:

“Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.”

Read the full article from the LA Times here