Deconstructing the Guardian’s lies one at a time.
Fiddling with global warming conspiracy theories while Rome burns
The latest global warming conspiracy theory of ‘fiddling with the data’ is nonsense
Temperatures are being massively fiddled with, and turn cooling into warming. The Guardian is lying.
It shouldn’t need to be said, but the Earth really is warming. Air and ocean temperatures are rising fast, ice is melting across the planet, ecosystems are shifting, sea levels are rising, and so on.
Satellites show little or no warming, global sea ice is normal, sea levels have been rising for 20,000 years – and Greenland has gained a near record amount of ice mass this autumn. The Guardian is lying.
The latest zombie climate myth to rise from the dead involves the oldest form of global warming denial. It’s a conspiracy theory that the Earth isn’t really warming; rather, fraudulent climate scientists are “fiddling” with the data to introduce a false warming trend.
That is exactly what they are doing. The Guardian is lying.
In The Telegraph, which is a mostly serious UK newspaper, Christopher Booker calls scientists’ adjustments to temperature data “the biggest science scandal ever.” These accusations have echoed through conservative media and online blogs, even being aired on Fox News (three times).
Booker is correct. The Guardian is lying.
In reality climate scientists process the raw temperature data for very good reasons. Sometimes temperature monitoring station locations move. Sometimes the time of day at which they’re read changes. Sometimes changes are made to the instruments themselves. In each case, if adjustments aren’t made, then biases will be included in the data that don’t reflect actual changes in temperatures.
The fact that they can provide theoretical justifications for the general concept of data tampering, tells us absolutely nothing about the correctness of what they are actually doing. The actual adjustments could be 100% fraudulent. Governments generate fake data all the time. People write incorrect software all the time. The adjustments should be cooling the present due to UHI, and reducing the trend – not increasing it.
Richard Muller at UC Berkeley was skeptical that climate scientists were doing all these adjustments correctly, so he assembled the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) team to check the data for themselves. The biggest initial financial contribution to the project came from the Koch brothers.
Muller is skeptical of nothing. He has always been a flaming alarmist who wanted to prove the hockey stick was real.
By Richard Muller on December 17, 2003
Let me be clear. My own reading of the literature and study of paleoclimate suggests strongly that carbon dioxide from burning of fossil fuels will prove to be the greatest pollutant of human history. It is likely to have severe and detrimental effects on global climate. I would love to believe that the results of Mann et al. are correct, and that the last few years have been the warmest in a millennium.
“It is ironic if some people treat me as a traitor, since I was never a skeptic”
As Muller discusses in the video below, his team confirmed that the Earth’s surface temperatures are warming. In fact, BEST finds that NASA, NOAA, and the UK Met Office have slightly underestimated the warming over the past 15 years.
Utter bullshit. There has been no warming for the past 15 years over land, but Best shows a huge amount of warming. The Guardian is lying.
As always, no one will make any attempt to debate me on this issue. They will just launch more personal attacks like they always do. They know that they would lose an honest debate.