If you’ve been following my posts on climate change and the theory of anthropogenic global warming, you’ve probably noticed that I tag it as junk science.
Little did I know how right I was: The world has never seen such freezing heat
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.
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.
In other words, the shrieks we keep hearing to DO SOMETHING NOW! about global warming are based on conclusions drawn from "data" that has no bearing on reality. And then, when the Russian mistake is uncovered, Dr. Hansen, one of the chief priests of the Church of Anthropogenic Global Warming, invents more "evidence" to paper over the worthlessness of the first batch.
In other words, it’s all a lie.
Skeptics have been arguing for years that global-warming alarmists are basing their predictions of disaster on computer models that can’t hope to accurately model something as complex as the Earth’s climate system, and that they ignore both empirical evidence from the geologic record that shows the current climate is not out of line with the past, and alternate theories that indicate climate change follows natural cycles.
This revelation should be a disaster for the global-warming cult, but I have to wonder if the press will largely ignore it the way they ignored so much of Barack Obama’s background. Not only does this make fools of those who called last October the hottest on record, but it should call into question all the data used to feed the computer models that climate-change alarmists tout as proof of man-caused global warming.
What’s truly scary is that policy-makers who have bought into the Climate Change Party’s line are willing to take measures to fight something that can’t even be shown to exist, and yet such measures will do great damage to the US and world economy — just as it’s stumbling into a major recession and potential depression. And, where implemented, those anti-greenhouse gas measures don’t even work.
It’s time for the global-warming alarmists to admit that they have been playing the part of Chicken Little yelling that the sky is falling. More and more, real evidence is revealing their claims to be worth less than a Fannie Mae-backed mortgage.