Monday, November 17, 2008

The High Priests of the Global Warming Religion Are Caught Lying

by Christopher Booker

A surreal scientific blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming. On Monday, Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by Al Gore's chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen, and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that last month was the hottest October on record.

This was startling. 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, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years.

Soldiers rescue a farmer stranded due to heavy snow in Shannan prefecture, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region Oct. 30, 2008.


So what explained the anomaly? GISS's computerised temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-sceptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running.




The error was so glaring that when it was reported on the two blogs - run by the US meteorologist Anthony Watts and Steve McIntyre, the Canadian computer analyst who won fame for his expert debunking of the notorious "hockey stick" graph - GISS began hastily revising its figures. This only made the confusion worse because, to compensate for the lowered temperatures in Russia, GISS claimed to have discovered a new "hotspot" in the Arctic - in a month when satellite images were showing Arctic sea-ice recovering so fast from its summer melt that three weeks ago it was 30 per cent more extensive than at the same time last year.

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.

If there is one scientist more responsible than any other for the alarm over global warming it is Dr Hansen, who set the whole scare in train back in 1988 with his testimony to a US Senate committee chaired by Al Gore. Again and again, Dr Hansen has been to the fore in making extreme claims over the dangers of climate change. (He was recently in the news here for supporting the Greenpeace activists acquitted of criminally damaging a coal-fired power station in Kent, on the grounds that the
harm done to the planet by a new power station would far outweigh any damage they had done themselves.)

Yet last week's latest episode is far from the first time Dr Hansen's methodology has been called in question. In 2007 he was forced by Mr Watts and Mr McIntyre to revise his published figures for US surface temperatures, to show that the hottest decade of the 20th century was not the 1990s, as he had claimed, but the 1930s.

Another of his close allies is Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC, who recently startled a university audience in Australia by claiming that global temperatures have recently been rising "very much faster" than ever, in front of a graph showing them rising sharply in the past decade. In fact, as many of his audience were aware, they have not been rising in recent years and since 2007 have dropped.

Dr Pachauri, a former railway engineer with no qualifications in climate science, may believe what Dr Hansen tells him. But whether, on the basis of such evidence, it is wise for the world's governments to embark on some of the most costly economic measures ever proposed, to remedy a problem which may actually not exist, is a question which should give us all pause for thought.

13 Comments:

At 10:27 AM, November 17, 2008 , Blogger Anastácio Soberbo said...

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At 10:29 AM, November 17, 2008 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Thanks for stopping by Anastacio. Hopefully you can improve your English by joining in the discussions. :-)

 
At 7:43 PM, November 17, 2008 , Blogger CB said...

I love the pseudo scientific garbage that friends like mahndisa swear by. Carbon dioxide a pollutant? Did they not study photosynthesis in the 4th grade? Anthropogenic climate change is so easily debunked, dismissed and seen for the anti-capitalist tripe it is, yet, we have whole green marketing campaigns in support of it. We are just dumb.

 
At 8:13 AM, November 18, 2008 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Thanks for stopping by CB. Global warming has become a religion. Plain and simple. There are lots of great reasons to conserve and use sustainable practices, but the political manipulation of alleged global warming is sinister.

Butler Shaffer said it best in this piece -

The Global Warming Jihad

 
At 4:24 AM, November 21, 2008 , Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

11 21 08

Craig:
Interesting that you are attributing this type of belief system to me. I have rarely broached this topic and for good reason. I think global warming is a mismomer. I DO believe that human activity has adversely affected our environment. The question is how much anthropogenic activity affects the climate as well as how much does anthropogenic activity affect the environment as a whole. Just because some asshole made a glaring mistake to support his hypothesis doesn't mean that asking questions about how human beings impact the Earth are invalid. As a matter of fact, we should really ask ourselves that question.

I also love the way everybody is an expert when it comes to scientific theories that are politisized. This is a very bad idea. Caring about the environment is hardly anticapitalist. You are living in a fantasy world stuck in the last century. We are in 2008. Change your tired paradigms already.

 
At 1:14 PM, November 23, 2008 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

I DO believe that human activity has adversely affected our environment.

Is there anyone who would deny this?

This is why the global warming discussion, which is so politicized, bothers me. There is no doubt that our air is not fit to breathe, that the soils are depleted of nutrients, the water has toxins.

Global warming, however, distracts from these very real circumstances and has people wasting time about whether human conduct raised the temperature half a degree. In my view, it's irrelevant.

Human activity has left a mass of plastic bags the size of Texas floating in the Pacific Ocean. That is what needs to be remedied immediately.

 
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