Climate contrarians often make assertions and promote theories that go against what most climate scientists argue. When assertions prove to be wrong, the contrarians make new assertions instead of acknowledging that their previous ones were wrong. It is important to focus on this behavior. In this blog post I will look at a faulty assertion about the BEST temperatures made by two conservative think tanks five years ago.
Richard Müller and his team at Berkeley released the first version of the BEST land-only temperature series in 2011. He had been sceptical about the quality of the temperature series from NASA, Met Office and NOAA 1. But the first version of the BEST temperature series confirmed the warming shown by the other land-only temperature series, and Müller stated that 'There is no reason now to be a skeptic about steadily increasing temperatures'.