Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) got caught with their pants down when it was discovered that the agency had been manipulating surface temperature data. Not only have they been boosting recent temperatures, but they have been lowering temperatures from many decades ago to get the average surface temperature curves in line with political goals and objectives which depend on the concept of anthropogenic global warming.
Well, it gets worse. Now, we find out that NOAA is assigning current temperatures to weather stations that are no longer in existence! Anthony Watts points out:
I’ve annotated the plot, to include “zombie” weather station that have been closed for years, but still show “estimated” data from NOAA.
This puts NOAA in the position of attempting to engineer a prophesy. Is it any wonder that people are skeptical about AGW?
The icing on the cake is that NOAA can’t even make up it’s mind about which year is the hottest one since records began being kept. Says Watts, who has performed a great deal of research on NOAA published temperature data:
You can’t get any clearer proof of NOAA adjusting past temperatures.
This isn’t just some issue with gridding, or anomalies, or method, it is about NOAA not being able to present historical climate information of the United States accurately. In one report they give one number, and in another they give a different one with no explanation to the public as to why.
This is not acceptable. It is not being honest with the public. It is not scientific. It violates the Data Quality Act.
The problem is that political careers have been built on AGW. When the reported data indicates that not only has there been no warming in the US, but there is indication of cooling, those careers are in jeopardy, as well as legislation, executive orders, etc, etc.
I have always said that the primary cause of global warming is government funding for climate research. It appears that I have more evidence for my theory.