Richard Muller of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in
California has gained a solid scientific reputation for his work in
particle physics. He's waded into policy debates over nuclear
weapons and terrorism as a member of the secretive JASON panel. And his
course, Physics for Future Presidents, is popular among
undergraduates at the University of California, Berkeley.
But that impressive track record of research, teaching, and
service wasn't why the science committee of the U.S. House of
Muller to testify last week. The topic was climate change
research and policy, and Republicans wanted Muller to discuss his
recent reanalysis of global temperature records. Republicans
expected Muller to challenge the accepted wisdom that the earth has
warmed 0.7˚C since the
1880s. But to the dismay of skeptic bloggers, his preliminary
analysis supports that canonical view.