COMMENTARY | The Climate Change debate has always contained within it more than a whiff of demagoguery, ego and corruption. The UK Telegraph had uncovered yet another example of data being altered to fit the theory.
“But now another damning example has been uncovered by Steven Goddard’s US blog Real Science, showing how shamelessly manipulated has been one of the world’s most influential climate records, the graph of US surface temperature records published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“Goddard shows how, in recent years, NOAA’s US Historical Climatology Network (USHCN) has been ‘adjusting’ its record by replacing real temperatures with data ‘fabricated’ by computer models. The effect of this has been to downgrade earlier temperatures and to exaggerate those from recent decades, to give the impression that the Earth has been warming up much more than is justified by the actual data.”
Purveyors of the notion that the Earth is inexorably warming because of carbon dioxide emissions created by power plants and other human sources have heavily relied on computer models to predict future temperature increases. However, if one just looks at the raw data alone, the Earth has actually cooled slightly since the 1930s.
Surface temperatures have actually not increased since 1998, something that has caused global warming alarmists to scramble to either explain that inconvenient truth away or to try to bluster their way past the data. But either there is some process that is cancelling out the effects of carbon emissions or else estimates of the Earth’s sensitivity to the effects of greenhouse gasses has been woefully overestimated.
Science is supposed to work by adjusting theories to fit observable data. But climate science, because of the politics involved, has been turned on its head so that the data is being altered to fit the theory. The “science” of climate change is being settled not by the data, but by an act of will by scientists and the politicians behind them who need a crisis to enact policies like a carbon tax or other curbs on fossil fuels.
It is past time that the debate on climate change move past the hectoring of skeptics and the sly fudging of data and return to honest scientific inquiry, unsullied by politics.