Richard Muller

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Richard Muller is a a physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley and a faculty senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Muller is a well-known former global warming skeptic who, as lead scientist of the Berkeley Earth Project reversed his opinion in October of 2011, joining most climate scientists who conclude Earth's temperature really is quickly rising.

Koch Funding

Muller was just one of many climate skeptics that was funded by billionaire Charles G. Koch, who with his brother David Koch, own the country's largest, privately-held energy company, Koch Industries. Koch Industries produces significant greenhouse gases and fights efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the U.S. Koch Industries has long worked to undermine environmental protections and protect corporate polluters. [1]

Koch and ALEC

Koch Industries is also a long-time member and funder of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

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China Shale Fund

In 2013 Muller wrote the article, "Why every serious environmentalist should favour fracking," with daughter Elizabeth Muller. Both are on the board of the China Shale Fund, which "brings the best shale gas early stage explorers from the US to China — to prove that shale gas can indeed be profitable and viable in China."[2]

Articles and resources


  1. Anne Landman Koch Funded Climate Skeptic Admits Global Warming is Real, PRWatch, October 31, 2011
  2. "China Shale Fund," accessed December 2013.

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