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Thursday, September 24, 2009

The dog that ate the global warming data

The following story, from Watts Up With That, ought to be one of the biggest scandals of the year:
Imagine if there were no reliable records of global surface temperature. Raucous policy debates such as cap-and-trade would have no scientific basis, Al Gore would at this point be little more than a historical footnote, and President Obama would not be spending this U.N. session talking up a (likely unattainable) international climate deal in Copenhagen in December.

Steel yourself for the new reality, because the data needed to verify the gloom-and-doom warming forecasts have disappeared.
Read all about it here and the fascinating conclusion:
All of this is much more than an academic spat. It now appears likely that the U.S. Senate will drop cap-and-trade climate legislation from its docket this fall — whereupon the Obama Environmental Protection Agency is going to step in and issue regulations on carbon-dioxide emissions. Unlike a law, which can’t be challenged on a scientific basis, a regulation can. If there are no data, there’s no science. U.S. taxpayers deserve to know the answer to the question posed above.


blogstrop said...

None of this has stopped the ABC from retailing "The Ice Really Is Melting" stories again today.
They are a disgrace as a National Broadcaster, relentlessly pushing the doom and gloom side, and attacking anyone, particularly scientists or film makers, who dare to have a contrary viewpoint.
Having a contrary viewpoint is only funky if you are someone like Arundhati Roy, who will get any number of fawning interviews from the ABC every time she is here or writes another screed.

Egg said...

Political reality meets virtual reality; game over, modellers ...