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The debunking of global warming continues

The debunking of global warming continues

The Cult of Global Warming still has a huge amount of money and political influence, so no landmark on the steady unraveling of their con job should go unremarked.  A big one arrived in the form of a study conducted by Anthony Watts and an army of volunteer assistants: the data assembled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and commonly cited for years in support of the global warming scare, is wildly inaccurate.  It literally doubled the amount of actual warming that took place over the past half-century.

This occurred because most of the climate stations in the United States are located within the heat envelopes of major cities.  They weren’t detecting any “global warming.”  They were, in essence, detecting engine heat.  The readings from accurate weather stations were actually adjusted upwards to agree with the inaccurate readings.

Global-warming skeptics couldn’t be any more vindicated if the entire climate change establishment cried “Never mind!” in unison, then scurried back to their labs to conjure up a new apocalyptic man-made threat they could blame on capitalist success.

“Is this a case of deliberate fraud by Warmist scientists hell bent on keeping their funding gravy train rolling?” asks highly vindicated skeptic James Delingpole.  “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.”

This is not an arbitrary point of contention between academics.  Billions of dollars in wealth has been destroyed in the name of global warming.  Americans still live under the dominion of laws passed on the basis of junk science.  A generation of children has been aggressively indoctrinated in this garbage throughout their school years.  The indoctrination remains useful to the Left, because it has taught kids to view the human race as a kind of cancer, which can be controlled only by a synchronized effort between politically correct scientists and government agencies.

Delingpole facetiously cautions against triumphalism in the wake of this NOAA analysis, because it would be “plain wrong” to dance on global warming’s grave.  He’s kidding, of course.  In truth, it is critical to make the shame and fraud of global warming part of our common knowledge.  We must carefully document how this scam was perpetrated, and remember the techniques it employed –from corrupt “hockey stick graphs” to mountains of wildly inaccurate data – so that we never fall for anything like it again.  Politicized pseudo-science comes at the expense of real science, and that is an expense we can never afford.

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