Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Warning, this is not a Climate Denialist site!

I preface this post with the above warning, as there is much emotional back and forth about climate denialists and climate alarmists. This false dichotomy unnecessarily confuses the science of climate variability and the manipulation of the science by political and economic players at the national and international levels.

Joseph D'Aleo & Anthony Watts have put together a thoroughly documented paper titled Surface Temperature Records: Policy Driven Deception, consisting of materials Anthony has made available on his blog "Watts Up With That."

The authors propose that what is perceived and promoted as recent "global warming" is an artifact of the manipulation of data from North American surface temperature instrumentation. They argue that the 1990 reduction in surface temperature recording sites is biased toward urban and low latitude sites, thus giving the surface temperature data set a climate warming bias.

The argument is compelling to me. I have read other sources that claim that the temperature data set is biased toward global cooling, without the extensive documentation that D'Aleo and Watts provide.

My question, that I ask quietly to myself in moments of contemplation, is, if this is true, what is the motivation for NASA and NOAA to cook the data in such a way as to create the impression of "global warming?" I suspect it has something to do with the political/economic climate of the time.

1990 happens to be the year when George H.W. Bush came to office as President of the United States, following Ronald Reagan, with Dick Cheney as his Secretary of Defense. I'm still researching who all was in power at that time. Key officials in NASA and NOAA would be an interesting area of research.

"Follow the money." Who would gain from a widespread belief that human industrial activity is threatening to send the world spiraling into irreversible global warming?

1 comment:

  1. Beau Peyton6:02 AM

    Create whole new industries. New growth. Imagine wind turbines in massive fields. Turbines constructed with rare earth materials dug out of mountainsides in China.
    At the end of the day, you can be sure the government and powers that be won't get behind anything unless there's a financially compelling reason to do so. Yet, the global warming warnings are good for one thing: perhaps they'll get more people to think about how they live and unplug some shit. Methinks people like T.Boone Pickens are hoping for the opposite, of course. Keep the shit plugged in and running! Keep those meters turning like tops. Drive your cars. Better yet, drive this new $35,000 battery car but keep the cars on the road.
    I'm so cynical about everything, I don't believe anyone. But as I said earlier, I do have common sense, and common sense tells me conservation makes sense. Aldo Leopold told us these things before Al Gore was out of grade school.
    I guess you have to terrorize folks with false alarms to get them to move, however.