Settled Science Is No Science At All

Science is humanities ongoing struggle to understand the world around us. As our tools for observation and analysis improve, our understanding of the world around us changes. What one generation accepted as settled the next often finds no longer satisfactory.

The ongoing efforts to declare the science of climatology “settled” is best understood as a political movement to silence opposition to a political power grab built upon a foundation of lies and falsified data. Honest scientists, meteorologists, and interested amateurs have been demonstrating the inherent problems with the data and models of the proponents of AGW for more than a decade now.

They have succeeded in frustrating the political ends of the AGW industry, and now stand vindicated on the facts.

James Watt of Watts Up With That (WUWT) has been one of the most annoying burrs in the blanket of AGW, so it is fitting to turn to him for the news.

Bombshell study: Temperature Adjustments Account For ‘Nearly All Of The Warming’ In Government Climate Data

by Michael Bastasch, guest blogging at WUWT

A new study found adjustments made to global surface temperature readings by scientists in recent years “are totally inconsistent with published and credible U.S. and other temperature data.”

“Thus, it is impossible to conclude from the three published GAST data sets that recent years have been the warmest ever – despite current claims of record setting warming,” according to a study published June 27 by two scientists and a veteran statistician.

The peer-reviewed study tried to validate current surface temperature datasets managed by NASA, NOAA and the UK’s Met Office, all of which make adjustments to raw thermometer readings. Skeptics of man-made global warming have criticized the adjustments.

Climate scientists often apply adjustments to surface temperature thermometers to account for “biases” in the data. The new study doesn’t question the adjustments themselves but notes nearly all of them increase the warming trend.

Basically, “cyclical pattern in the earlier reported data has very nearly been ‘adjusted’ out” of temperature readings taken from weather stations, buoys, ships and other sources.

In fact, almost all the surface temperature warming adjustments cool past temperatures and warm more current records, increasing the warming trend, according to the study’s authors.

“Nearly all of the warming they are now showing are in the adjustments,” Meteorologist Joe D’Aleo, a study co-author, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview. “Each dataset pushed down the 1940s warming and pushed up the current warming.”

“You would think that when you make adjustments you’d sometimes get warming and sometimes get cooling. That’s almost never happened,” said D’Aleo, who co-authored the study with statistician James Wallace and Cato Institute climate scientist Craig Idso.

So all three data sets on which the IPCC were based have been proved to be corrupted by “adjustment.” The trends demonstrated by this corrupted data are themselves hopelessly corrupt, and everything which proceeds from them is the fruit of the poisonous tree of manipulation.

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  • Walter_Cronanty

    Due to the “heat islands'” ongoing effects on temperature measuring devices, I could never understand why earlier temperatures were almost always “cooled” while later temperatures were almost always raised…. Well, I could understand, but only in a cynical manner.

    • In this instance the cynicism of the skeptics was more than justified.

  • Retired military

    Want a snowstorm in JUly? Pay al Gore to come give a global warming speech

  • Sky__Captain

    So the global warming IS man-made after all. I have suspected such for quite some time.

    • Just like any other work of fiction.

      • Retired military

        Whats the difference between Al Gore and JK Rowling. Rowling wrote 7 books insteaad of one and make about 15 times the money for her fiction.

  • Wild_Willie

    According to the left, it is going to be so hot my ice maker will quit working. ww

  • Retired military

    But what about this story from WAPO via AP.

    The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some
    places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the
    Commerce Department yesterday from Consulate at Bergen Norway

    Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical
    change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic

    Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far
    north as 81 degrees 29 minutes.

    Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the Gulf Stream still very

    Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones,
    the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely

    Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while
    vast shoals of herring and smelt which have never before ventured so far north,
    are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.

    Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will
    rise and make most coastal cities uninhabitable.

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    If you wish to see this story first hand you will have to look it up in the library.
    Just go to WAPO issue Nov 2, 1922.

    • That’s just mean.

      I approve!

      • Brett Buck

        These people seem to be completely immune to/blind to the many internal inconsistencies in their own story. No matter which side of the debate they were on to begin with, anyone with any intellectual rigor or honesty has long since recognized this for the scam it is and bailed out.

        The remaining supporters, necessarily, are doing if for entirely emotional, economic, and political reasons. The same bunch was predicting the doom of a second ice age 40 years ago. That crowd wouldn’t wouldn’t be bothered in the least to find the same ludicrous claims were being made 100 years go.

        Without going too far into it, I am both trained as a scientist and have been involved with or responsible for the development of very complex non-linear simulations for decades. But when this discussion comes up, it usually devolves to a hissy fit by a housewives with junior-high-school educations, people with degrees in Russian literature, etc. telling me how stupid and “against science” I am.

        • josil

          Experience with complex non-linear models should induce a degree of scientific humility…not likely found among the Al Gores of the world. The IPCC should acquire some of that humility. When it comes to the climate hysterics, there is not much you can do.

        • You’ve got my sympathy. I’ve seen the same thing – and in one discussion I was even told ‘There’s no feedback systems in nature!’

          I bailed on that argument. There was simply no getting through a mindset like that.

          • Brett Buck

            Yes, it has bumbled along, remaining within +-50F or so of a nominal value, entirely open loop, for ~3.6 billion years.

            Even the science aspect of the “Gaia” hypothesis proposes many complex and interacting feedback loops that maintain stability. The same nitwits wouldn’t care about that, but blindly latch on to the utterly nonsensical emotional/spiritual aspects and lecture you about it ad infinitum,

          • Indeed. But under the new rules you can point, laugh, and tell them to fuck themselves.

  • Retired military

    Rodney, hope this isn’t off topic.

    Liberals protecting the environment since ummm they got out of the lines for brains.

    • Scalia

      Couldn’t watch all of it. That guy’s a nut. Then he takes the fish and throws it into the water! The fishermen showed great restraint (at least in the part that I watched).

  • b l

    Apparently I froze to death as a young child. Several times. I never thought I did, but I adjusted the temperatures I experienced back then, and there it is. Beyond all scientific debate.