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>Global Warming Ate the Science

>The next time you hear about anthropogenic global warming or global climate change, demand to see the data. It no longer exists.

I’ve been a skeptic all along, because I remember the warnings about the “coming ice age,” that I read in my “Weekly Reader,” back in grade school. (In the dark ages of the 60’s and 70’s.)

This is not science, people. The proper scientific method involves the reporting of detailed, open, and reproducible modes of collecting data. Little black boxes – in which numbers are cooked without access to the raw data by colleagues and even rivals – are not allowed.

The United Nations organization that oversees climate change or global warming is the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC uses data (if you can call it that) from the Climate Research Unit, or CRU. In fact, the CRU apparently only releases numbers that have been collated and “adjusted.”

After years of refusing to turn over the raw data and releasing only modified numbers, Phil Jones of the CRU reports that the organization has lost all the old data that was used to prove global warming.

From the UK’s Register, “Global Warming Ate My Data”:

The world’s source for global temperature record admits it’s lost or destroyed all the original data that would allow a third party to construct a global temperature record. The destruction (or loss) of the data comes at a convenient time for the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) in East Anglia – permitting it to snub FoIA requests to see the data.

The CRU has refused to release the raw weather station data and its processing methods for inspection – except to hand-picked academics – for several years. Instead, it releases a processed version, in gridded form. NASA maintains its own (GISSTEMP), but the CRU Global Climate Dataset, is the most cited surface temperature record by the UN IPCC. So any errors in CRU cascade around the world, and become part of “the science”.

Professor Phil Jones, the activist-scientist who maintains the data set, has cited various reasons for refusing to release the raw data.

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One thought on “>Global Warming Ate the Science

  1. >Such hubris.

    Posted by bmmg39 | August 18, 2009, 12:21 am

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