Thursday, February 19, 2009

Global Warming "Facts" Melting, Ice is Not

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Supporters of the Great Global Warming Swindle are always quick to point out any little detail that buttresses their claims in spite of the fact that most people can see the data is greatly flawed. Today, via Instapundit, we have this huge mistake admitted by one of the foremost cited agencies by Global Warmenist's:

"The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has been at the forefront of predicting doom in the arctic as ice melts due to global warming. In May, 2008 they went so far as to predict that the North Pole would be ice-free during the 2008 'melt season,' leading to a lively Slashdot discussion. Today, however, they say that they have been the victims of 'sensor drift' that led to an underestimation of Arctic ice extent by as much as 500,000 square kilometers. The problem was discovered after they received emails from puzzled readers, asking why obviously sea-ice-covered regions were showing up as ice-free, open ocean. It turns out that the NSIDC relies on an older, less-reliable method of tracking sea ice extent called SSM/I that does not agree with a newer method called AMSR-E. So why doesn't NSIDC use the newer AMSR-E data? 'We do not use AMSR-E data in our analysis because it is not consistent with our historical data.' Turns out that the AMSR-E data only goes back to 2002, which is probably not long enough for the NSIDC to make sweeping conclusions about melting. The AMSR-E data is updated daily and is available to the public. Thus far, sea ice extent in 2009 is tracking ahead of 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008, so the predictions of an ice-free north pole might be premature."
Emphasis mine.

So who used their data?

How about head GW Swindlest Al Gore who received a "private briefing" in 2007. NSIDC actually raved about Gore's sham of a documentary An Inconvenient Truth and gushed:

Arctic sea ice is something NSIDC watches carefully, especially because of its effect on global climate.
Evidently not as careful as they would lead us to believe as that statement is from 2006, one of the years that they have had to now back away from because of this embarrassing discovery showing their absolute ineptness and lazy attention to detail. As of this moment, all of their data must be called into question.

Others have been paying closer attention that I and have noted some mysterious goings on that have now been explained.


Jim said...

But if you look at the original notice by the NSIDC, and not a processed press-release, you'll see that the data was compromised for only one month, that the NSIDC is on top of the sensor problem, and that multiple measurements using multiple sensors and multiple methods confirm the long-term trend.

Read here.

Sorry that reality doesn't match your desire. But that's the stubborn nature of reality.

Anonymous said...

As soon as something threatens the fortune of a Republican oil tychoon, it all goes to hell, doesn't it? Sure there was manipulation of data...but that doesn't nullify the THOUSANDS of other reports... Think people.

But I will agree with the fact there is a hype about the issue on the liberal end.

Reguardless, I'd rather push for positive change than try to debunk the theory that the Earth revolves around the guys still believe that, right? Or did Limbaugh tell you otherwise?