Berkeley Earth’s ‘Green Blob’ Funding

Whenever sceptical scientists receive funding from fossil fuel interests, cries of foul play quickly arise.

But for some reason, when the boot is on the other foot, it is a case of “move along, nothing to see here.”

Take Berkeley Earth for instance. It was of course set up by Richard Muller under false pretenses. Muller had claimed that he was originally a climate sceptic, even telling the NY Times in 2012:

CALL me a converted skeptic. 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.

My total turnaround, in such a short time, is the result of careful and objective analysis by the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, which I founded with my daughter Elizabeth.

This was a lie. Way back in 2003. he had stated:

Let me be clear. My own reading of the literature and study of paleoclimate suggests strongly that carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels will prove to be the greatest pollutant of human history. It is likely to have severe and detrimental effects on global climate. I would love to believe that the results of Mann et al. are correct and that the last few years have been the warmest in a millennium.

And later in 2011:

“It is ironic if some people treat me as a traitor since I was never a skeptic

This sad little charade from Muller hardly inspires much confidence in the integrity of BEST.

A look at their funders instills even less.

Their website lists 2013 and 2014 as the last two years. Whether this is up to date, only they can say.

While some, such as the William Bowles Foundation, have historically supported a variety of research, the motives of others are questionable.

None more so than the Energy Foundation. Significantly the Berkeley Earth website states:

All donations, except for the Energy Foundation grant, were provided as unrestricted educational grants, which means the donor organizations have no say over our activities or what we publish.

Why they are prepared to take money from the Energy Foundation on a restricted basis, and what such restrictions are, are questions that need to be answered.

Particularly when you check out the Energy Foundation’s background. This is what their website says:

Our mission is to promote the transition to a sustainable energy future by advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Their funders include well known liberal foundations, such as the ClimateWorks Foundation, David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Grantham Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewitt Foundation.

All of these are part of the Green Blob, which has done so much to skew debate and mislead the public in recent years.

Quite why Berkeley Earth is prepared to accept money from such a dodgy source is a mystery.

Then we have the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation.

Although many of their donations have been philanthropic, Getty is a major fundraiser for local and national Democratic Party candidates and has contributed to the campaigns of Nancy Pelosi, Willie Brown, Gavin Newsome and John Kerry.

But most suspicious of all have been the payments from “Anonymous Foundations,” totaling $550K since 2012.

It is evident that nothing coming out of Berkeley Earth can be trusted while they are prepared to accept money from such tainted sources.

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    Spurwing Plover


    Anything that comes from a liberal leftists run campus(Like U.C, Berkelely and ties to connect global warming and our america way of life is all junk science and especialy a knuckleheaded liberal like Moonbeam Brown

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    Unfortunately for Californians, Moonbeam Brown just won a huge extension for his pet legislation Cap And Trade (more precisely known as Cap And TAX) for another 10 years, kinda like a baseball player contract extension, it adds the 10 years to the previous expiration of 2020 to extend the taxes to 2030. The intended destination for the taxes, which will soon add another $0.63 per gallon of gasoline, is to fund the bullet-train-nobody-will-ever-ride the famous BrownDoggle. Somehow I just knew that I’d be turning to fertilizer long before the first train would ever leave a station but I’d be taxed every day for the rest of my days for it.

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      We should get all warmists to go live in california, ring fence it off from the rest of the USA and wait for them to come begging for real world power solutions , which will happen, once their supply of fairy dust, pixie rainbows, gunga and unicorn poop runs out as fuel…..

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    It sounds like the premise of a bad comedy skit… That CO2 – a natural gas that we all exhale – a natural building block of photosynthesis – is now considered by science to be a “pollutant”.

    Only in the bizarro world of left wing politics would anyone have the chutzpah to propose such a thing. And of course the leftstream media never misses the beat, reporting such claims with unquestioned gravity.

    This is on a par with saying, “H2O is a poison because thousands die every year of drowning!”, or “Saliva will kill you… but only if swallowed in small amounts over a long period of time.”

    The proportions of CO2 that exist in our atmosphere, regardless of their source, are incredibly small. CO2 naturally rises and falls as part of a DYNAMIC environment over time. The tiny rise that could plausibly attributed to human activity is but a small drop in a very large bucket – hardly enough to poison the earth! Our dynamic environment easily accommodates and adjusts to such change. The sky is NOT falling.

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    ANIMALS ALL EXHALE CO2 just like we pee and poop.
    THERE are wastes…poisonous to us, so the body expels !
    CO2 is a trace gas, labels such by mainstream science, in every nation on earth…not by name calling ideologues.

    Trace Gases or Trace Chemicals….may be small in proportion to others…but the are POWERFUL.

    A far tinier amount of Arsenic in your body, than CO2 in our atmosphere….WILL KILL YOU !

    Science is not saying that CO2 will poison the EARTH.
    CO2, Methane, Water Vapor etc.
    ALL interfere with EARTH EMITTED Infra Red Heat as it tries to escape to cold space.
    THE US & the JAPANESE have satellites the actually Measure the LOSS OF ESCAPING I.R. Heat in the exact wave lengths of these gases.

    If Infra Red Heat Radiation is not allowed to escape…it must then be retained…adding heat to atmosphere, oceans and land.

    You claim the “our dynamic environment easily accommodates and adjusts to such change”

    is the statement of someone who once again does not know science.

    ( Humans are NOW emitting more than 135 TIMES as much CO2 as ALL of the volcanoes on EARTH, each & every year, COMBINED ! )
    (The Unique Isotopic Signature proves that this CO2 INCREASE is from Human Activities & the Burning of Fossil Fuels)
    CO2 traps heat
    According to radiative physics & decades of laboratory measurements, increased CO2 in the atmosphere is expected to absorb more infrared radiation as it escapes back out to space.

    In 1970, NASA launched the IRIS satellite measuring infrared spectra.
    In 1996, the Japanese Space Agency launched the IMG satellite which recorded similar observations.
    Both sets of data were compared to discern any changes in outgoing I.R. energy radiation over the 26 year period .
    GOOGLE: IRIS Satellite
    GOOGLE: Japanese Satellite IMG
    Google this SOURCE: (Harries 2001).
    these research studies have been peer reviewed
    (red team blue team),
    published in respected Science Journals & the science has been repeatedly been Replicated.
    What they found was a drop in outgoing radiation at the wavelength bands that greenhouse gases such as CO2 and methane (CH4) absorb energy.
    The reductions in outgoing radiation was consistent with Global Warming theoretical expectations.

    ** Thus these research studies & papers  found “direct experimental evidence for a significant increase in the Earth’s greenhouse effect” and Global Warming.

    (  If Infra Red HEAT Energy, does not escape, it is retained in our Earth System as rising temperatures, warming seas,melting Ice. )

    These results has been confirmed by subsequent Research papers using data from later satellites.
    Google this SOURCE: (Griggs 2004)
    Google this SOURCE: ( Chen 2007 )

    THIS research has been Peer Reviewed (red team blue team)
    widely published and replicated repeatedly.

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      I’ll confirm that you seem to live in a sea of your own “pollution”. You’ve swallowed the entire political MMGCC meme hook, line, and sinker. Wishing for something to be science, or paying for something to be science does not make it so.

      Anyone purporting themselves to be scientists who then wants to limit debate, restrict free speech, or threaten those with opposing views and data has self-revoked their own title. This behavior alone should send shivers up the spine of everyone who loves science. Something is VERY wrong here.

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