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The Dog Ate Global Warming

By Patrick J. Michaels
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23 Sep 09 - Excerpts – “The data needed to verify the gloom-and-doom warming forecasts have disappeared.

“Or so it seems. Apparently, they were either lost or purged from some discarded computer. Only a very few people know what really happened, and they aren’t talking much. And what little they are saying makes no sense.

“In the early 1980s … scientists at the United Kingdom’s University of East Anglia established the Climate Research Unit (CRU) to produce the world’s first comprehensive history of surface temperature. It’s known in the trade as the “Jones and Wigley” record for its authors, Phil Jones and Tom Wigley, and it served as the primary reference standard for the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) until 2007.

“Jones and Wigley, however, weren’t specific about what was done to which station in order to produce their record, which, according to the IPCC, showed a warming of 0.6 +/– 0.2C in the 20th century.

“Now begins the fun. Warwick Hughes, an Australian scientist, wondered where that “+/–” came from, so he politely wrote Phil Jones in early 2005, asking for the original data. Jones’s response to a fellow scientist attempting to replicate his work was, “We have 25 years or so invested in the work. Why should I make the data available to you, when your aim is to try and find something wrong with it?”

“Reread that statement, for it is breathtaking in its anti-scientific thrust. In fact, the entire purpose of replication is to “try and find something wrong.” The ultimate objective of science is to do things so well that, indeed, nothing is wrong.

“Faced with a growing number of such requests, Jones refused them all.

“Enter the dog that ate global warming.

“Jones responded:

     "Since the 1980s, we have merged the data we have received into existing
     series or begun new ones, so it is impossible to say if all stations within a particular
     country or if all of an individual record should be freely available. Data storage
     availability in the 1980s meant that we were not able to keep the multiple sources
     for some sites, only the station series after adjustment for homogeneity issues. We,
     therefore, do not hold the original raw data but only the value-added (i.e., quality
     controlled and homogenized) data.

“The statement about “data storage” is balderdash. They got the records from somewhere. The files went onto a computer. All of the original data could easily fit on the 9-inch tape drives common in the mid-1980s. I had all of the world’s surface barometric pressure data on one such tape in 1979.

“So the question remains: What was destroyed or lost, when was it destroyed or lost, and why?

“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.”

See entire article:
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/09/23/taking-a-bite-out-of-climate-data/
Thanks to Andy Patel for this link

 

  

 

 

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