Friday, August 10, 2007

Y2K claims another victim: Al Gore


DailyTech reveals a teensy, weensy problem with the climate change data that made the case for global warming.

Steve McIntyre, who operates the site [was] inspecting historical temperature graphs [and] noticed a strange discontinuity, or "jump" in many locations, all occurring around the time of January, 2000.

These graphs were created by NASA's Reto Ruedy and James Hansen (who shot to fame when he accused the administration of trying to censor his views on climate change). Hansen refused to provide McKintyre with the algorithm used to generate graph data, so McKintyre reverse-engineered it. The result appeared to be a Y2K bug in the handling of the raw data... McKintyre notified the pair of the bug; Ruedy replied and acknowledged the problem as an "oversight" that would be fixed in the next data refresh.

NASA has now silently released corrected figures, and the changes are truly astounding. The warmest year on record is now 1934. 1998 (long trumpeted by the media as record-breaking) moves to second place. 1921 takes third. In fact, 5 of the 10 warmest years on record now all occur before World War II. Anthony Watts has put the new data in chart form, along with a more detailed summary of the events...

If you're waiting to see this reported in the New York Times, don't hold your breath. Unless you're being driven around on Martha's Vineyard by a Kennedy.

Al Gore has already apologized for the entire "global warming" fiasco. He was recently quoted as saying, "What? You haven't made a mistake? My bad! Is that apology sufficient? My bad!"

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