House Panel To Investigate Adjustments To Climate Data

The disagreement on climate change, natch global warming, is not over it happening, but causation. Warmists maintain that it is mostly/solely caused by Mankind, especially from fossil fuels, and they believe in this so much that they will take fossil fueled vehicles to protests and climate change conferences. Skeptics believe that it is mostly/solely caused by natural processes, but do understand that a slight part is caused by mankind. Things like agriculture and landfills (mostly methane), a tiny tiny bit from CO2, the Urban Heat Island effect and land use, oh, and we cannot forget about the constant adjustment to the temperature records

Congressional skeptic on global warming demands records from U.S. climate scientists

The head of a congressional committee on science has issued subpoenas to the Obama administration over a recent scientific study refuting claims that global warming had “paused” or slowed over the last decade.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology and a prominent congressional skeptic on climate change, issued the subpoenas two weeks ago demanding e-mails and records from U.S. scientists who participated in the study, which undercut a popular argument used by critics who reject the scientific consensus that man-made pollution is behind the planet’s recent warming.

Smith’s document request to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ordered the agency to turn over scientific data as well as internal “communications between or among employees” involved in the study, according to a letter Friday by the House committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Tex.). Johnson accused Smith of “furthering a fishing expedition” by looking for ways to discredit NOAA’s study, which was published in June in the peer-reviewed journal Science.

Of course, this has made Warmist Democrats upset, which brings up the question “what do they have to hide?” Why would they want to keep this information secret?

Smith, responding to Johnson’s letter, said the subpoena was not “harassment” but “appropriate constitutional oversight.”

“This scandal-ridden administration’s lack of openness is the real problem,” Smith said in a statement released by his office. “Congress cannot do its job when agencies openly defy Congress and refuse to turn over information. When an agency decides to alter the way it has analyzed historical temperature data for the past few decades, it’s crucial to understand on what basis those decisions were made.”

The Cult of Climastrology doesn’t want their methods, data, or decisions understood, because that would expose their shoddy anti-science methods. What other science would adjust the quality data to a guess instead of adjusting the guess to the high quality data? This is referring to the NOAA study cited in the article, which has numerous problems.

In regards to the NOAA study, this is offered in closing by the Washington Post

“Our new analysis now shows the trend over the period 1950-1999, a time widely agreed as having significant anthropogenic global warming, is 0.113°C [per decade], which is virtually indistinguishable with the trend over the period 2000-2014 (0.116°C [per decade]),” they continued.

First off, half the period of 1950-1999 was a period of cooling/pause, which led to the many wondering if a new ice age was coming. Second, just barely over one-tenth of a degree C per decade is minuscule, and certainly within the boundary of natural causation, as happened during previous Holocene warm periods. Third, if we are to take the study at face value, this would destroy the apocalyptic prognostication from the Cult of Climastrology about a 2C rise by the end of the 21st Century.

Again, if everything is on the up and up, NOAA and the scientists involved should have no problem giving Congress their records and such, right? And, warming doesn’t prove anthropogenic causation. It just proves warming. Unless that warming is manufactured in the records.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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