From my good friend Kate at Small Dead Animals. As you read this, remember that satellite data is recognized as the highest-quality data that we have for temperature changes on planet Earth. And what does this data show over the past 27 years that this high-quality information has been available?
The Past and Future of Climate is an excellent paper by David Archibald which was presented at The Lavoisier Group’s 2007 Workshop in Melbourne, Australia. The paper makes a claim that others have also made recently: Based on sunspot cycles, the earth is about to enter the strongest cooling period since the Little Ice Age several hundred years ago
Here is one of my favorite quotes from the paper:
I should mention that the proponents of Anthropogenic Global Warming state that higher atmospheric carbon dioxide levels will cause the oceans to become more acidic which will kill off coral reefs and other types of marine life. Coral reefs first formed back in the Devonian period when atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were ten times what they are today.
Remember that it was a blogger who discovered that NASA’s land-based global temperature measurements had been skewed high since the year 2000. Very embarassing. Even more disturbing than the revelation, the mainstream media payed little attention to the news which totally discredits Al Gore and the other environmental morons. The Wall Street Journal — essentially alone amongst its peers — recently published a redeeming article:
The new data undermine another frightful talking point from environmentalists, which is that six of the 10 hottest years on record have occurred since 1990. Wrong. NASA now says six of the 10 warmest years were in the 1930s and 1940s, and that was before the bulk of industrial CO2 emissions were released into the atmosphere.
What’s more disturbing is what this incident tells us about the scientific double standard in the global warming debate. If this kind of error were made by climatologists who dare to challenge climate-change orthodoxy, the media and environmentalists would accuse them of manipulating data to distort scientific truth. NASA’s blunder only became a news story after Internet bloggers played whistleblower by circulating the new data across the Web.
So far this year NASA has issued at least five press releases that could be described as alarming on the pace of climate change. But the correction of its overestimate of global warming was merely posted on the agency’s Web site. James Hansen, NASA’s ubiquitous climate scientist and a man who has charged that the Bush Administration is censoring him on global warming, has been unapologetic about NASA’s screw up. He claims that global warming skeptics — “court jesters,” he calls them — are exploiting this incident to “confuse the public about the status of knowledge of global climate change, thus delaying effective action to mitigate climate change.”
So let’s get this straight: Mr. Hansen’s agency makes a mistake in a way that exaggerates the extent of warming, and this is all part of a conspiracy by “skeptics”? It’s a wonder there aren’t more of them.
Stupid, politics-playing NASA schmucks. I predict that within 10 years global warming will just be an old joke and the polticians and “scientists” who have pushed this phony crisis upon us will be totally discredited.