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You might have noticed a plethora of stories in the last couple of days, reporting claims by NASA and NOAA that 2013 was one of the hottest years ever on record.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday released its global temperature figures for 2013. The average world temperature was 58.12 degrees (14.52 Celsius) tying with 2003 for the fourth warmest since 1880. NASA, which calculates records in a different manner, said Tuesday that 2013 was the seventh warmest on record, with an average temperature of 58.3 degrees (14.6 Celsius).
How can this be, if there has been a pause in global warming for the past 17 years, as has been admitted by the UN’s IPCC and climate scientists everywhere?
The answer, in my opinion: outright fraud.
To understand why I say this, spend some time perusing the website of Steve Goddard, Real Science. For the past few years Goddard has carefully documented the fraudulent manipulation of data that has been going on at NASA and NOAA in order to make it look like the climate temperature has been increasing. The way they do it is to lower the numbers from earlier in the 20th century so that the readings they get now seem hotter. To get an idea of what has been done, see these links, which are only a small sampling of the work Goddard has done:
- If the present refuse to get warmer the past must become cooler
- Hiding the decline
- Just hit the NOAA motherlode
- USHCN V2 TOBS Adjustment Is Double What It Is Documented
Let me repeat that this is just a small sampling. Goddard repeatedly shows that in their adjustments and so-called corrections to the climate record, the scientists at these government agencies consistently cool the past. If these corrections were honest, you would see a mix of changes up and down. That they only lower the temperatures in the past indicates to me that the scientists are manipulating the data to get the results they want.
I freely admit that some adjustments to the past records might be justified. The number and type of adjustments that has occurred, however, is not. Either they are insanely blind to their own bias, or they are perpetrating an outright fraud. I’ll let you decide.