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Thursday, December 3, 2009

NASA hiding climate data?

How much longer can the US media refuse to cover this story in full?
The fight over global warming science is about to cross the Atlantic with a U.S. researcher poised to sue NASA, demanding release of the same kind of climate data that has landed a leading British center in hot water over charges it skewed its data.

Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said NASA has refused for two years to provide information under the Freedom of Information Act that would show how the agency has shaped its climate data and would explain why the agency has repeatedly had to correct its data going as far back as the 1930s.

"I assume that what is there is highly damaging," Mr. Horner said. "These guys are quite clearly bound and determined not to reveal their internal discussions about this."

The numbers matter. Under pressure in 2007, NASA recalculated its data and found that 1934, not 1998, was the hottest year in its records for the contiguous 48 states. NASA later changed that data again, and now 1998 and 2006 are tied for first, with 1934 slightly cooler.
Yeah it's the famous Jim Hansen, already forced to correct his data when it was challenged. Now they're back to massaging it again all the while refusing to share the data with people interested in doing a bit of honest peer review. And what does Hansen have to say about it?
James Hansen, one of the world's foremost climatologists, told the Guardian today that he believes the Copenhagen talks are flawed to the point where failure of the talks may be the best way forward.

"The approach that is being talked about is so fundamentally wrong that it would be better to reassess," Hansen said.
Don't fret warmists, Hansen hasn't suddenly decided to turn over an honest leaf, it's just that he thinks cap and trade is a mistake and just wants a tax on all carbon. Yet another politician on a fund raiser for global wealth redistribution and unfraid to make absurd comparisons to slavery or in deference to Godin's law, the Nazis. Practically every kid over 12 knows the argument is over once the Nazi references fly, I guess that's too simplistic for a NASA scientist who is busy correcting his data over and over again.

Just so we are clear on who Hansen is listen to his former supervisor:
Retired senior NASA atmospheric scientist, Dr. John S. Theon, the former supervisor of James Hansen, NASA's vocal man-made global warming fear soothsayer, has now publicly declared himself a skeptic and declared that Hansen "embarrassed NASA" with his alarming climate claims and said Hansen was "was never muzzled." Theon joins the rapidly growing ranks of international scientists abandoning the promotion of man-made global warming fears. …

"Hansen was never muzzled even though he violated NASA's official agency position on climate forecasting (i.e., we did not know enough to forecast climate change or mankind's effect on it). Hansen thus embarrassed NASA by coming out with his claims of global warming in 1988 in his testimony before Congress," Theon wrote.
Hansen, when not correcting data, has called for prison terms for warming skeptics. Clearly James is in need of medication and counseling. Send him out for regrooving...
Now lest you think these NASA scientist guys couldn't be crooks
A former top climate scientist who had become of one the scientific world's most cited authorities on the human effect on Earth's atmosphere was sentenced to probation Tuesday after pleading guilty to steering lucrative no-bid contracts to his wife's company.

It's hard to tell how they fit into the AWG research scandal from their nearly useless website but this is an interesting statement "Animated Earth also develops short movies that explain earth science processes and complement Earth Today".  If you're willing to dig furthur you could watch the short film created for the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (home of James Hansen global warming hysteric); it's at the bottom and is labelled UARS. Interestingly it deals with the ozone hole, which as I recall was getting smaller, no bigger, no smaller, err not a problem anymore now that we can't use CFCs right (despite the film clip claim). I guess they haven't decided just yet what the ozone hole is doing OR why.

For the most part the general public has afforded science a measure of trust they don't give politicians, businesses, entertainers or lawyers. Until the fraud exposed by the hack of the CRU files is fully exposed and investigated people are far less likely to want to just take scientists at their word, or allow politicians to create expensive life altering legislation based on fraudulent nonsense presented as peer reviewed science.

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