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Monday, January 26, 2009

Q: Faked Antarctic Data Another "Honest Mistake" by the Global Warming Crowd?

A: No. And this isn't the first time, or second, or third the warming zealots have lied.

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January 24, 2009 snow fell for only the second time in recorded history in the United Arab Emirates. Hat tip to Cajun Tiger who witnessed last year's history making snow in Iraq first hand.

Remember last Fall when we had the highly unusual snow fall in London at the same time the Al Gore's chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen of NASA was telling everyone that October was the hottest October on record? Only later did we learn Hansen used temperature data from September. Oopss! Just as Democrats are fond of covering their asses with the phrase "honest mistake" we were supposed to swallow that one weren't we?

Now, despite measurements showing an historic increase in Antarctic sea ice by the sophisticated instruments scientists assured us would prove the ice was melting, a new study comes out insisting that temperatures on the frozen continent are rising after all. But since there are not enough actual weather stations on the continent to provide the data necessary for a valid analysis, scientists conducting the study relied on another of those pesky computer models which thus far have been the only tool which continues to support the alarmist view that the earth is warming and it's all man's fault.

The warmers explain that it's all perfectly simple: they just used the computer model to estimate what the temperature data would be if observation stations existed. In other words, they made the numbers up.

It's getting harder and harder to cover up this bogus science with the "honest mistake" excuse. Even global warming adherents aren't buying it:

Despite the hot air, the Antarctic is not warming up
A deeply flawed new report will be cited ad nauseam by everyone from the BBC to Al Gore
By Christopher Booker
The Telegraph
25 Jan 2009

...One of the first to express astonishment was Dr Kevin Trenberth, a senior scientist with the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a convinced believer in global warming, who wryly observed "it is hard to make data where none exists". A disbelieving Ross Hayes, an atmospheric scientist who has often visited the Antarctic for Nasa, sent Professor Steig a caustic email ending: "with statistics you can make numbers go to any conclusion you want. It saddens me to see members of the scientific community do this for media coverage."

But it was also noticed that among the members of Steig's team was Michael Mann, author of the "hockey stick", the most celebrated of all attempts by the warmists to rewrite the scientific evidence to promote their cause. The greatest of all embarrassments for the believers in man-made global warming was the well-established fact that the world was significantly warmer in the Middle Ages than it is now. "We must get rid of the Mediaeval Warm Period," as one contributor to the IPCC famously said in an unguarded moment. It was Dr Mann who duly obliged by getting his computer-model to produce a graph shaped like hockey stick, eliminating the mediaeval warming and showing recent temperatures curving up to an unprecedented high.

This instantly became the warmists' chief icon, made the centrepiece of the IPCC's 2001 report. But Mann's selective use of data and the flaws in his computer model were then so devastatingly torn apart that it has become the most comprehensively discredited artefact in the history of science.

The fact that Dr Mann is again behind the new study on Antarctica is, alas, all part of an ongoing pattern. But this will not prevent the paper being cited ad nauseam by everyone from the BBC to Al Gore, when he shortly addresses the US Senate and carries on advising President Obama behind the scenes on how to roll back that "spectre of a warming planet". So, regardless of the science, and until the politicians finally wake up to how they have been duped, what threatens to become the most costly flight from reality in history will continue to roll remorselessly on its way.

You have to hand it to these global warming zealots. They've been exposed multiple times as bungling fraudsters but they keep on trying. And why not? Most of the "news" media will report whatever they say with few questions and Democrat politicians continue to use their fake science as an excuse for their next power grab.

And for those of you who still haven't seen The Great Global Warming Swindle, it's the best education available on the lie that is manmade global warming.

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