Icing The Hype
Aug 16, 2007
The Hottest Year: 1934?

Editorial in The Washington Times

It was never supposed to be a trick question. Which year is the hottest on record? Depending where one looks, there are three different answers: 2006, 1998 or 1934. Until last week, the answer was supposed to be 2006, but it might have been 1998. Now, citing corrections of faulty data, NASA says it was actually 1934. The National Climactic Data Center disagrees; it still says 1998.

Here’s what we know: The National Climatic Data Center reported in mid-January that 2006 was the hottest year on record. Then, in May, it revised the numbers, concluding that 1998, in fact, was the hottest on record. NASA’s old numbers echoed that last contention. But last week, it emerged that NASA had quietly restated its numbers, without fanfare or so much as a press release, after a blogger pointed out faulty methodology. Now, per NASA: 1934 is hottest, followed by 1998, 1921, 2006 and 1931.

Here’s another hysteric, The Washington Post, in January: “Last year was the warmest in the continental United States in the past 112 years,” read its front-page story, “capping a nine-year warming streak ‘unprecedented in the historical record’ that was driven in part by the burning of fossil fuels, the government reported yesterday.” Funny, but we thought “unprecedented” would require an absence of, well, precedents, such as the 1920s and 1930s. These years were similarly warm decades, like the present. Alas, when the source of data that prompted this story, the National Climatic Data Center, adjusted its numbers in May, The Post did not correct its shrieking January story. Nor has The Post yet bothered to report NASA’s latest data restatement. Instead, on Friday, we get: “Did Global Warming Cause NYC Tornado?”

If we cannot get through 2007 without a data restatement so fundamental that it dethrones the “hottest year on record,” we should not keep hearing angry intonations that “The debate is over.” The debate is not over — not if such basic climate data is so disputed. Read full story here.


Aug 15, 2007
Hot Tempers on Global Warming

By Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe

Anthropogenic global warming is a scientific hypothesis, not an article of religious or ideological dogma. Skepticism and doubt are entirely appropriate in the realm of science, in which truth is determined by evidence, experimentation, and observation, not by consensus or revelation. Yet when it comes to global warming, dissent is treated as heresy—as a pernicious belief whose exponents must be shamed, shunned, or silenced.

Newsweek is hardly the only offender. At the Live Earth concert in New Jersey last month, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. denounced climate-change skeptics as “corporate toadies” for “villainous” enemies of America and the human race. “This is treason,” he shouted, “and we need to start treating them now as traitors.”

This is the zealotry and intolerance of the auto-da-fé. The last place it belongs is in public-policy debate. The interesting and complicated phenomenon of climate change is still being figured out, and as much as those determined to turn it into a crusade of good vs. evil may insist otherwise, the issue of global warming isn’t a closed book. Smearing those who buck the “scientific consensus” as traitors, toadies, or enemies of humankind may be emotionally satisfying and even professionally lucrative. It is also indefensible, hyperbolic bullying. That the bullies are sure they are doing the right thing is not a point in their defense.

“The greatest dangers to liberty,” Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, “lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.” Read full op ed here.


Aug 15, 2007
Twisted Science- Bullies of the Beltway

By Michael R. Fox Ph.D

The complexities of global warming, (renamed as climate change) should be the domain of scientific discussions. Such discussions should be held within the constraints of science, the scientific methods, the careful collection, management, and analyses of the climate data. There should include careful resolutions and explanations of conflicting data, replication, and passing the essential demands of explaining the observations of the climate data.

We have been told by Al Gore and others that there should be a grand debate about global warming. Yet there has been precious little debate worthy of the name. In fact the alarmists have spent much of their time hurling insults, ad hominem attacks, suppression of speech, termination of miniscule funding, calling for Nuremburg Trials, treating opponents as traitors, etc.  The professionals in this group remain silent about these insults in apparent silent support of the nastiness and unprofessional conduct. This is not a debate, this is not science, this is bullying. This suggests there are weaknesses in the global warming theory which can’t stand scrutiny.

One explanation of this may be described by John Ray (M.A., Ph.D.), writing from Brisbane, Australia: “The Holy Grail for most scientists is not truth but research grants. And the global warming scare has produced a huge downpour of money for research. Any mystery why so many scientists claim some belief in global warming?” This is not a scientific debate, it is not even science. It is too many people, some which Ph.D.s, hardwired into the $5 billion annually spent in the US on global warming issues. Read more here.


Aug 12, 2007
Origin of the “Substitution of the Term “Climate Change” for “Global Warming”

By Dr. Bob Carter, Marine Geophysical Laboratory

Some aspects of AGW have a history lost (often intentionally) in the mists of time. But Rupert Wyndham (from Camborne, Cornwall, U.K.) has just drawn my attention to one of the true historic origins of the semantic switcheroo between “global warming” and “climate change”. And - yes, again - it’s the U.K. Met Office and their scientific cohorts that were to the fore.  Here it is a brief extract from Working Paper No. 58 of the Tyndall Centre (The Social Simulation of the Public Perception of Weather Events and their Effect upon the Development of Belief in Anthropogenic Climate Change – Dennis Bray & Simon Shackley, Sept. 2004.

- Only the perception of positive anomalies will be registered as an indication of change, if the issue is framed as global warming.

- Both positive and negative temperature anomalies will be registered in experience as an indication of change, if the issue is framed as ‘climate change’. (Hence cold weather can be blamed on CO2.)

- We propose that in those countries where climate change has become the predominant popular term for the phenomenon, unseasonably cold temperatures, for example, are also interpreted to reflect climate change/global warming.

What this extract from a British working paper highlights yet again is the cynical and shameless propaganda campaign that is being run by the very government agencies that purport to be scientific centres of excellence and providers of disinterested advice in the public interest.


Aug 11, 2007
Rural Climate Change Sceptics Shock Kayaker

ABC Rural

A man paddling and pulling his kayak from Brisbane to Adelaide to promote the need for action on climate change says he is disappointed with the sceptical nature of outback Australians. Steve Posselt, who is pulling his kayak along the Darling River road due to a lack of water, says that many rural people do not believe in climate change.

He says he did not expect so many people to doubt what the majority of climate scientists agree on. “I’ve been astounded by the actual lack of belief on this trip,” he said. “Many people want to argue the issue about whether there is such a thing as global warming. “You can talk to blokes in the pub and they say yep winters aren’t what they used to be, they’re a lot shorter.  “And you say, ‘well do you believe in climate change? No, mate its just a cycle’.”


Aug 10, 2007
Climate Scientists Implicated in Research Fraud

By Motl Lubos, The Reference Frame, 9 August 2007

Two papers, Wang et al., Urban heat islands in China (GRL 1990) and Jones et al., Assessment of urbanization effects in time series of surface air temperature over land (Nature 1990) seem to be based on fabricated data such as data from China that were claimed to come from the same stations even though the location of most stations was changing many times by as much as dozens of miles (which is, of course, a huge problem for any analysis of the urbanization effects).

The paper by Jones et al. (1990) is important because it is used by IPCC AR4 to resolve an apparent contradiction: the paper argues that the urbanization effects are 10 times smaller than needed to explain the observed 20th century warming trend. Douglas Keenan has used some observations of Steve McIntyre (climateaudit.org) and himself and filed a formal complaint of research fraud regarding this work.

Motl goes on to reference the two reports by Douglas Keenan of Informath, a UK organization: “Wei-Chyung Wang Fabricated Some Scientific Claims” and ”The IPCC and Research Fraud, The Implications”.

Two papers, Wang et al., Urban heat islands in China (GRL 1990) and Jones et al., Assessment of urbanization effects in time series of surface air temperature over land (Nature 1990) seem to be based on fabricated data such as data from China that were claimed to come from the same stations even though the location of most stations was changing many times by as much as dozens of miles (which is, of course, a huge problem for any analysis of the urbanization effects).

The paper by Jones et al. (1990) is important because it is used by IPCC AR4 to resolve an apparent contradiction: the paper argues that the urbanization effects are 10 times smaller than needed to explain the observed 20th century warming trend. Douglas Keenan has used some observations of Steve McIntyre (climateaudit.org) and himself and filed a formal complaint of research fraud regarding this work.

Motl goes on to reference the two reports by Douglas Keenan of Informath, a UK organization: “Wei-Chyung Wang Fabricated Some Scientific Claims” and ”The IPCC and Research Fraud, The Implications”.


Aug 08, 2007
Finally Some Sanity - CNN’s “A Chilling Effect”

Investor’s Business Daily, August 7, 2007

Newsweek equates global warming skeptics with Holocaust deniers and accuses reputable scientists of being paid to create confusion in the face of consensus. Galileo is once again on trial. Even the supporters of global warming hype found the title of Newsweek’s Aug. 13 attack on skeptics, “The Truth About Denial,” offensive. The use of the word “denier” is deliberate, an attempt to paint as either crazy or corrupt what Al Gore has proclaimed as Truth. Reputable scientists have been accused by a major news magazine of being paid to lie.

“Let’s be blunt,” said Roger Pielke Jr. of the University of Colorado’s Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. “This allusion is an affront to those who suffered and died in the Holocaust. This allusion has no place in the discourse on climate change. I say this as someone fully convinced of a significant human role in the behavior of the climate system.”

In 1633, Galileo Galilei was put on trial “for holding as true a false doctrine taught by many,” namely that the earth moved around the sun. In Newsweek’s view, Galileo was a “denier” of the accepted “consensus.” You know the type—hacks like Copernicus, who disputed the fact that Earth was the center of the universe, or Columbus, who disputed the international consensus that Earth was flat. 

Deniers all. 

See full story here.


Aug 08, 2007
Al Gore’s Film More Fiction than Fact?

By Kevin Williams, Daily Record Columnist

Give Al Gore credit. He chose to base his multi-city “Climate in Crisis” summit in New York City in the month of July. Anyone familiar with the summer climate of the Big Apple knows why it is often referred to as the “Baked Apple.” So this made for a potentially great backdrop as attendees literally sweated it out while being told global warming will be our ruin.

In truth, so much of what Gore has said and written about the subject is demonstrably false. Read this well-done point-by-point debunking of the Gore doctrine here.

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