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Now, here's the story: This is delightfully schadenfreudy, so grab some extra crispy freude to go with your schaden, pour yourself a drink, sit back, and enjoy the ride.
The Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation-- yes that Koch-- is funding the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project. This is a study intended to debunk all those silly climate change scientists' findings, because they are clearly delusional and are only imagining that we the people could possibly create enough pollution to alter the earth's climate.
What? No way. Us earthlings, mess up our own planet? Pfft. It's much more important to cling to our coal and nuclear plants and oil rigs and gas-burning cars and nobody-- not nobody, no way, no HOW-- is gonna pry them from our fracking cold dead exhaust pipes.
But something really amusing happened on the way to the Americans For Prosperity tea party rally. All that data? The data that a team of UC Berkeley physicists and statisticians came up with to mock warnings about global warming? So far, it has come up with the same results as all those Commie pinko French gay Kenyan socialist Marxist liberal tree-hugging scientists did.
... Muller unexpectedly told a congressional hearing last week that the work of the three principal groups that have analyzed the temperature trends underlying climate science is "excellent.... We see a global warming trend that is very similar to that previously reported by the other groups."
Oh man, bummer.
Here's the best part. The best part ever. Look who's dumping their slimy cash into this little review to prove us right:
The Berkeley project's biggest private backer, at $150,000, is the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation. Oil billionaires Charles and David Koch are the nation's most prominent funders of efforts to prevent curbs on the burning of fossil fuels, the largest contributor to planet-warming greenhouse gases.
Their digging isn't done yet, and at this rate, I wouldn't put it past the Koch-heads to somehow, you know, alter the Berkeley team's final product. But at least for now: