Last year at this time, the global warming crowd where triumphant and they were successfully shouting down any reasoned opposition. Their hubris had reached the point of declaring the science settled and that thousands of scientists actually agreed with this position. I thought that a little remarkable at the time since science is instinctually contrarian unless they are selling you on a grant request. The corollary of that line of thinking suggested that the whole scheme was a grant request rather than actual science.
I expected the so called science was going to be chipped away by the facts and that certainly was happening. I did not expect the deluge that actually ensued. The last real bastion of questionable climate science was revealed through the email scandal as something much different than an honest mistake. It certainly was not science.
In the end, not only is all the published data presently suspect but apparently lots of data has been destroyed. Now it is not likely quite that ugly once the data is properly reconstructed (if it can) but for the present, you likely have more trustworthy data than these clowns have left us with.
During the year, I also discovered just how persuasively
weather data had been corrupted by local changes (seventy percent of sites affected) and that various corrective measures had been taken from time to time in such a way as to make trend lines dicey at best. This was supposed to be the gold standard and it looked more like the lead standard green with age. USA
The point I am making is that our best data is scary at times, long before someone gets creative. If you are lucky, you can generate a statistically significant difference between decades. The truth about that is that you do not need stacks of data to figure that out. We all know what a warm year looks like. This winter we have been getting our butts kicked with winter storm after winter storm and we just finished December. I still hope for an early spring, but this year I mean it.
2009: The year climate change and global warming activists would like to forget
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