The warming racket: Manipulating data
Contrary to some contorted conclusions twisted further by Big Media, 2014 was not the hottest year on record, based on satellite temperature data. It wasn’t even close.
But the dubious declaration by the Japan Meteorological Agency was enough to launch a fusillade of folderol. The Japanese climatologists measured surface temperatures, with readings from weather stations, ships and even buoys around the world. Supposedly 2014 was 0.05 degrees Celsius warmer than 1998, the next hottest year on record.
NASA as well reported last month that 2014 was the warmest on record. What it neglected to mention, however, was that its own, more accurate satellite temperature data showed that last year was only the sixth warmest since NASA Remote Sensing Systems satellites went up about 40 years ago, according to The New American.
In fact, 2014 wasn’t significantly different from 2013, climate scientist John Christy, with the University of Alabama, Huntsville, tells The Daily Caller. “That might not be a very satisfying conclusion,” he says, “but it is at least accurate.”
The hot air over 2014 should have at least raised suspicions in the United States, where that year began with record cold temps. For the continental U.S., last year was only the 34th warmest on record.
What’s abundantly clear, once again, is that climate data can be presented to fit almost any conclusion — depending on the political cause and not necessarily the scientific facts.