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The Web of Global Warming

Posted by Nancy on November 16, 2008

Global warming, that fabulous theory of impending manmade gloom and doom, has been struggling lately. 

This past week has not been kind to the alarmists, as first they announced this October was the warmest one EVER recorded, then the following day quietly admitted they were wrong.  They had used September’s records from Russia again for October, raising the whole world’s average.  (Russia is a mighty big country.) 

Whoops!

From The Telegraph:

A surreal blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming.  (snip)

Across the world there were reports of unseasonal snow and plummeting temperatures last month, from the American Great Plains to China, and from the Alps to New Zealand. China’s official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its “worst snowstorm ever”. In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month… (snip)

A GISS spokesman lamely explained that the reason for the error in the Russian figures was that they were obtained from another body, and that GISS did not have resources to exercise proper quality control over the data it was supplied with. This is an astonishing admission: the figures published by Dr Hansen’s institute are not only one of the four data sets that the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) relies on to promote its case for global warming, but they are the most widely quoted, since they consistently show higher temperatures than the others.  (emphasis added)

Well, what is a person to do if the earth isn’t warming?  Maybe this October incident was an honest mistake, but what are you supposed to do if the earth is really (gasp!) cooling? 

No problem.  If the earth won’t warm, just change history.  As in, make the distant past colder and the near past warmer.  A wave of the wand, a compliant media, and presto change-o! – you are back in business!

 

h/t to Zapruder

The above graphs show U.S. temperature averages for 1999 and 2008.  One graph shows the data before the most recent revision, the other shows it after the changes.

Read the following information, then go back and review the graphs again.

  1. The graph shows annual mean and 5-year mean (average) temperatures for the U.S..
  2. This information is from the GISS (Goddard Institute for Space Studies) at Columbia University.
  3. The GISS is led by Dr. James Hansen
  4. Dr. Hansen was one of the earliest proponents of manmade, or Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW).  His career and reputation are based on the earth getting hotter.  He is Al Gore’s go-to man.
  5. This past Monday and Tuesday GISS announced and retracted the inaccurate October data claiming this was the warmest October ever recorded.  They then tried claiming the Arctic is a hotspot this year, even though the ice pack is 30% greater than at this time last year.
  6. The number of reporting stations giving readings worldwide has declined by over half in recent years, having an unknown effect on the historical relevancy of current information.
  7. The above graphs illustrate how the GISS was recently updated, showing retroactive changes in the earth’s temperature.  The warmest decade ever recorded, the 1930’s, is suddenly cooler.  Sheesh, it looks like it got cooler from about 1910 to 1970.  Then suddenly the “adjustments” started going the other direction.

And that, my friends, is one way to “prove” the earth is getting warmer. 

A future post will deal with why global warming is being pushed so hard, and by whom.  As always, follow the money.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have no climate background on which to base my opinions.  On the other hand, neither does Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the U.N.’s International Panel on Climate Control and former railroad engineer, who recently astounded an audience in Australia by claiming that temperatures are now rising faster than ever.  Many in the audience were well aware that world temperatures leveled off about 1998 and have been falling in recent years.

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