Saturday, July 12, 2008

Global Warming Hype

Dr. James Hansen, testifying before Congress, said that global warming "deniers" ought to be tried for crimes against humanity.

What about Dr. Hansen himself? If it turns out that his endless tinkering and fudging of surface temperature data is leading us to believe there is warming when none exists then should he be tried for crimes against humanity? Steve McIntyre at has already found one big error in Hansen's GISS data series. How many errors make a felony?

Satellite temperature measurements, after holding steady since 1992, are now in decline:

This really looks like the beginning of a down cycle. What could explain that?

A German group came up with one possible explanation, which was that the cool Atlantic Ocean waters would keep temperatures down for about 10 years. Another possible explanation came from an Australian group, who related the orbits of Saturn and Jupiter to the Sun's position at the solar system, which shifts around a bit, causing the actual center to be outside of the Sun's surface at times. This has an effect on the sun's energy output. The Australian astrophysicists predict that the sun's current cycle will result in Earth cooling for 20 to 30 years, just as it had been responsible for much of the uptick in the previous 20 to 30 years.

It would seem that there is much work to be done in the realm of climate science before we can start burning people at the stake for questioning it.