Global Warming? Yeah, Right
by James Delingpole: Red
Pill, Blue Pill
Have a look
at this chart. It tells you pretty much all you need to know about
the much-anticipated scoop by Anthony Watts of Watts Up With That?
What it means,
in a nutshell, is that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) the US government body in charge of America's temperature
record, has systematically exaggerated the extent of late 20th century
global warming. In fact, it has doubled it.
Is this a case
of deliberate fraud by Warmist scientists hell bent on keeping their
funding gravy train rolling? Well, after what we saw in Climategate
anything is possible. (I mean it's not like
NOAA is run by hard-left eco activists, is it?) But I think
more likely it is a case of confirmation bias. The Warmists who
comprise the climate scientist establishment spend so much time
communicating with other warmists and so little time paying attention
to the views of dissenting scientists such as Henrik Svensmark
or Fred Singer or Richard Lindzen or indeed Anthony Watts
that it simply hasn't occurred to them that their temperature records
need adjusting downwards not upwards.
has conclusively demonstrated is that most of the weather stations
in the US are so poorly sited that their temperature data is unreliable.
Around 90 per cent have had their temperature readings skewed by
the Urban Heat Island effect. While he has suspected this for some
time what he has been unable to do until his latest, landmark paper
(co-authored with Evan Jones of New York, Stephen McIntyre of Toronto,
Canada, and Dr. John R. Christy from the Department of Atmospheric
Science, University of Alabama, Huntsville) is to put precise figures
on the degree of distortion involved.
For the full
story go to Watts Up With
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