America’s National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration : Still playing fast & loose

U.S. Congress under the new Trump Administration is now set to investigate shonky climate reports posted by NOAA in the ongoing weather war of Global Warming … or NOT.

The United States Congress is about beginning investigations into  America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), following revelations by a recently retired NOAA ‘whistle blower’,  senior climate scientist veteran Dr John Bates, that his agency wilfully faked evidence, by claiming wrongly that global temperatures had soared over the past 20 years. This contradicted earlier evidence of a 20-year pause, but fitted into the Climate Warming political meme being pushed by some US and European government agencies for Progressive political philosophical reasons. Access to public funding and ongoing research grants were also given as reasons for faking the Climate data.

The NOAA report, strongly endorsed by the Obama Administration just prior to the recent Paris Climate Conference, was used to justify the PCC demand for ongoing cuts in global CO2 emissions.

Dr Bates was one of the top climatologists at the NOAA. He was principal scientist with the U.S. National Climate Data Centre, part of the NOAA, and was involved in climate modelling and data presentation. His technical expertise lies in atmospheric sciences, and his research interests include satellite observations of the global water and energy cycle, air-sea interactions, and climate variability.

Bates has written over 45 publications and was elected to the 15-member board of directors of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), an organisation that he joined in 1986.  Dr Bates revealed that he had consently drawn attention to these data falsefication issues while working for NOAA, but was constently over-ridden, and threatened with professional ending censure if he exposed the data set illegal manipulation.

Dr. Thomas Karl was until last year director of the NOAA section that produced climate data – the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). The lead author of a paper, disputing the Climate Pause, was rushed through the NOAA and the NCEI by Dr. Karl to meet the scheduled expose at the Paris Climate Conference, intended to influence National and International deliberations on climate policy”.

Dr. Karl, apparently indulged in data manipulation through ‘cherry picking’ data that maximised warming models and minimised access to raw data documentation … in an effort to discredit the notion of a global warming Pause.

While working for NOAA, Dr Bates objected to the Karl Report, arguing that it had not been properly prepared, and that its conclusions were unsound. He was over-ridden by a clique of activist Progressives within NOAA who manipulated the data behind two modelling sets.

NOAA’s 2015 paper was based on two new sets of temperature data – one containing measurements of temperatures at the planet’s surface on land, the other at the surface of the seas. Both datasets were flawed.

The land temperature dataset used by the study was afflicted by devastating bugs in its software that rendered its findings “unstable”. The paper relied on a preliminary version of the data that was never approved or verified. NOAA has now decided that the sea dataset as well will have to be replaced and substantially revised just 18 months after it was issued, because it used unreliable methods that overstated the speed of warming. The revised data will show both lower temperatures and a slower rate in the recent warming trend.
Initially, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology approach to NOAA, found superficial co-operation. As the probe went on however with dubious data and flawed processes that co-operation dried up. As the probe progressed NOAA repeatedly refused to supply requested information, even under demands from the Congress. Cover was provided by the Obama Administration by refusing to enforce the law, thanks to a hostile Attorney General.

Congressional Committee on Science, Space and Technology chairman Lamar Smith issued a statement which said: “Over the course of the committee’s oversight, NOAA refused to comply with the inquiries, baselessly arguing that Congress is not authorised to request communications from federal scientists.”

“This culminated in the issuance of a congressional subpoena, with which NOAA also failed to comply. During the course of the investigation, the committee heard from whistleblowers who confirmed that, among other flaws in the study, it was rushed for publication to support President Obama’s climate-change agenda.”

CSST Chairman, Congressman  Smith said, the Karl report “retroactively altered historical climate-change data, which resulted in the elimination of a well-known climate phenomenon known as the “climate-change hiatus”.

“The hiatus was a period between 1998 and 2013 where the rate of global temperatures growth slowed markedly to the point of stopping.

“This fact has always been a thorn in the side of climate-change alarmists, as it became difficult to disprove the slowdown in warming. The Karl study refuted the hiatus and rewrote climate-change history to claim that warming had in fact been occurring.

The Congressional Committee chairman welcomed Dr Bates’ public statement and thanked him “for courageously stepping forward to tell the truth about NOAA’s senior officials playing fast and loose with the data in order to meet a politically predetermined conclusion”.

We now await the new President, Donald Trump, who it is hoped will  properly investigate the apparent hiatus in warming.