If “climate change” is “settled science,” why the need to fudge the data?
….Penn State meteorology professor Michael Mann has gained dubious renown for something no scientist desires: fiddling with data, and getting caught. In this case, it was temperature data. Mann’s famous “hockey stick” rendition of temperature and climate changes makes it appear as if temperatures began rising sharply in the 19th century as carbon dioxide from the Industrial Revolution began to build up, and then soared uncontrollably in recent years to near-record highs for the last millennium….
The only problem is, according to critics, Mann’s data were manipulated in such a way as to make them incorrect. Ironically, Mann published his hockey-stick paper in 1998, after which satellite temperature data — the most complete and accurate weather data we have — show virtually no statistically significant change in global temperatures.
Worse still, Canadian statisticians Stephen McIntyre and Ross McKitrick discovered that Mann’s statistical manipulations of the raw data were mathematically questionable at best and dishonest at worst. When the two force-fed Mann’s own statistical formulas with random data, they generated … a hockey stick. So, in essence, the climate books were cooked to make global warming seem extreme, no matter what data were used….
It could happen because the giant global-warming industry — made up of government bureaucrats, professors, scientists, researchers and think-tank fellows, and allied as it is to the U.N.’s socialist agenda — depends on government grants and aid to “prove” global warming is a threat. This year, according to a Daily Caller Foundation estimate, the U.S. federal government alone will spend some $27 billion on climate change, much of it on research.
Any scientist whose work doesn’t slavishly follow the strict theology of the climate-change religion has little chance of getting his or her research funded by the U.S. government, whose bureaucracy has every reason to want to see global warming as a threat.
And now, Mann is at it again.
Writing in the leftist British newspaper The Guardian, under the alarming headline “It’s a fact: climate change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly,” Mann had this to say: “Harvey was almost certainly more intense than it would have been in the absence of human-caused warming, which means stronger winds, more wind damage and a larger storm surge.”….