Berkeley Physicist's Climate Findings Score Political if Not Scientific Points

Berkeley Physicist's Climate Findings Score Political if Not Scientific Points 1

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Richard Muller, a physicist at the U. of California at Berkeley, said at first that his findings should end skepticism about whether the earth is getting warmer. Then he said they weren't so conclusive after all.

In the world of global finance, Alan Greenspan became an oracle. During his nearly 20 years as chairman of the Federal Reserve, legions strained to parse his sentences and discover deep meaning in his every utterance.

Now, in the world of global climate change, there is Richard A. Muller, a professor of physics at the University of California at Berkeley.

As nations around the planet wrestle with life-or-death decisions about whether and how to confront