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February 07, 2017

NOAA Whistleblower: NOAA Climate Warrior Rigged Data to "Debunk" Warming Pause That Began in 1998

Krakatoa put this in the sidebar -- but it's a scorcher.

As Krakotoa highlights, this charge of the NOAA rigging the data will be thoroughly, thoroughly investigated by the NOAA itself. Gee, I wonder what they'll find.

And as Krak also says: This is a job for an independent Inspector General, not these self-interested goons.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday that it would review a whistleblower's allegations that the agency manipulated climate data in order to eliminate the global warming "pause" for political reasons.

The whistleblower, John Bates, who retired in December as principal scientist of the National Climatic Data Center, rocked the climate change debate Sunday with his claim that a top NOAA climate scientist selectively used data to discredit the global warming hiatus in a key 2015 study...

Mr. Bates laid out his allegations in a lengthy article Saturday on the Climate Etc. blog, run by former Georgia Tech climatologist Judith Curry, and in a Sunday interview with the United Kingdom's Daily Mail.

He criticized the June 2015 "pausebuster" paper's lead author, Thomas Karl, then director of the National Centers for Environmental Information, for what Mr. Bates described as a failure to archive and document his climate data sets.

Bates says that evidence has mounted that Karl had his "thumb on the scale" as far as interrogating the numbers until they confessed as they were instructed.

Here's the Daily Mail article mentioned above:

The Mail on Sunday can reveal a landmark paper exaggerated global warming

It was rushed through and timed to influence the Paris agreement on climate change

America's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration broke its own rules
The report claimed the pause in global warming never existed, but it was based on misleading, 'unverified' data

...

In an exclusive interview, Dr Bates accused the lead author of the paper, Thomas Karl, who was until last year director of the NOAA section that produces climate data -- the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) -- of 'insisting on decisions and scientific choices that maximised warming and minimised documentation… in an effort to discredit the notion of a global warming pause, rushed so that he could time publication to influence national and international deliberations on climate policy.'

Here's the post Bates wrote for climate heretic Judith Curry's Climate Etc. blog.

Curry responds to some criticisms leveled at Bates here.

Something to keep a weather eye on.


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