A very interesting article today in The Telegraph (UK). (All the quotes below are from the linked article.)
October the hottest month on record?
Nope. Not even in the top 50.
Who made the claim that it was? NASA Goddard head alarmist and manager of that formerly-august body, Dr. James Hansen.
And what happened? Bad data not vetted because that bad data “proved” what he wanted to prove.
“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. “
Dr Hansen runs NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. That “is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures.”
“[T]he 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.”
“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.”
And yet – and yet –
“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.”
Oh, the folks taking the temperatures of the Russian north – over half of the arctic temperature sensors – didn’t bother to read the monitors; they just carried over the temps from August. Twice. Into both September and October.
I mean it isn’t as though August is a hotter month than October, right?
Good science, huh?
But that’s OK – when they found the real information, they just covered up their error by claining a new Arctic “hotspot,” “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.”
This isn’t new to the climate community – the real scientists know what’s going on, the 2,500 Climatologists who last year signed a letter to the Bali IPCC conference telling the politicians and bureaucrats that nothing in the IPCC report supported the anthropogenic global warming alarmism of the bureaucrat-written IPCC Executive Summary, the Bible of the scaremongering Al Gore community. The real climatologists know the world has been cooling since 1998.
The Gore-istas? They lie all the time and pretend it’s science. It’s not.
“Another of [Gore’s] 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’s qualifications?
He’s “a former railway engineer with no qualifications in climate science.”
This, of course, is of a piece with the 100 signatories to Al Gore’s famous letter predicting we’re all toast. Those signatories, of course, included 2 gynecologists, a hotel manager, 2 landscape architects and 1 (one) climatologist.
As the article concludes,
“Dr Pachauri… 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.” [emphasis mine]
So – here you have it. Any remaining thoughts about science v. religion in the global warming argument now can be put to rest.
Maybe someone ought to tell Obama and 9% Nancy?