By Alan Caruba
June 8, 2009
I have never been able to figure out why people who know that the forecast for the local weather is likely to be wrong by the afternoon of the same day or within 48 hours still believe that the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change can accurately predict what it will be ten, twenty or fifty years from now.
At the third Conference on Climate Change held last week in Washington, DC., an event sponsored by the non-profit, free market think tank, The Heartland Institute, "Climate Change Reconsidered: The 2009 Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change" (NIPCC) was announced. It offers a very different picture from the endless scare campaigns of the leading environmental organizations or, for that matter, from the White House and Congress.
Edited by Craig Idso and S. Fred Singer, two climatologists, it runs a whopping 900 pages that includes 35 contributors and reviewers of climate data. Its final 200 pages are mostly appendices, including a directory of all scientists who signed the Global Warming Petition that, in March, numbered 31,478 of them.
The Petition urged the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December 1997, and any other similar proposals. One of those proposals is a nation-destroying epic "climate" bill intended to limit greenhouse gas emissions, mainly carbon dioxide, with an absurd "cap-and-trade" program that is little more than a huge tax on all use of energy by Americans.
Suffice it to say that the original Kyoto Protocols were rejected unanimously by a former Senate when they were first announced and, since they are allegedly directed at saving the Earth from "global warming," the threat of this calamity ended around 1998 when the Earth began to cool. It has been in a cooling cycle ever since.
Neither the protocols, nor the current "climate" bill have any merit whatever. Both are based on falsified "scientific" data courtesy of the UN Panel. Bad, inaccurate weather information seems to be the stock-in-trade of environmental organizations and thanks to Anthony Watts, a meteorologist with some 25 years in the forecasting business and chief meteorologist for KPAY-AM radio, a publication, "Is the U.S. Temperature Record Reliable?" is available from The Heartland Institute ($12.99 per copy for 1-10 copies).
As Watts points out, "The official record of temperatures in the continental United States comes from a network of 1,221 climate-monitoring stations overseen by the National Weather Service, a department of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)."
Until now, however, "no one had ever conducted a comprehensive review of the quality of the measurement environment of those stations." Watts recruited 650 volunteers and their findings are astounding and disturbing.
"We found stations located next to the exhaust fans of air conditioning units, surrounded by asphalt parking lots and roads, on blistering-hot rooftops, and near sidewalks and buildings that absorb and radiate heat. We found 68 stations located at wastewater treatment plants, where the process of waste digestion causes temperatures to be higher than in surrounding areas."
The report found that 89 percent of the stations, nearly 9 out of 10, failed to meet the National Weather Service's own requirements that stations must be 30 meters (about 100 feet) away from an artificial heating or radiating/reflecting heat source.
So, based on these monitoring stations, very few of the temperatures reported by the U.S. Weather Service are accurate and, more importantly, they provide false data which has been used to underwrite the "global warming" hoax.
Filled with photos of the stations and charts of the data they produce, the conclusion is inescapable: "The U.S. temperature record is unreliable."
When one considers that during the course of a single day and night, the temperature anywhere can vary widely, the notion that anyone can determine the nation's or entire Earth's average temperature based on such stations around the world is literally impossible.
Weather satellites provide a better gauge and, as noted, they have been reporting a cooling Earth since 1998.
The Greens aren't the only ones who can make predictions, albeit for the purpose of scaring people into believing the bogus "global warming" hoax; I can do that too. I predict that the Greens will unleash an unholy attack on The Heartland Institute's NIPCC report in order to discredit it.
Now, who are you going to believe? The thermometer your home or apartment uses to determine the temperature outside or the Greens? As for your local weather report, it is useful for perhaps a day, maybe two. After that, it's anyone's guess.
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Alan Caruba is an American public relations counselor and freelance writer who is a frequent critic of environmentalism, Islam and research on global warming. In the late 1970s Caruba founded the PR firm The Caruba Organization, and in 1990, the National Anxiety Center, which identifies itself as "a clearinghouse for information about 'scare campaigns' designed to influence public policy and opinion" on such subjects as global warming, ozone depletion and DDT.