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  • 24-Apr-10 Let's keep our eyes on the ball.
  • SCIENCE EDITORIAL #13-2010
    (in TWTW Apr 24, 2010)

    S. Fred Singer, Chairman and President , Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)

    Let's keep our eyes on the ball.

    Apr 24, 2010

    Let's keep our eyes on the ball.

    We need to trace the path taken by Phil Jones (and by Jim Hansen of NASA-GISS and by NOAA-NCDC) in distilling the raw thermometer readings from thousands of stations into a single number -- the magical "global mean surface temperature" We need to document the process of how they selected stations. And we need to understand the kinds of corrections and adjustments they made.

    The crucial period is 1979 to 1997 - the era of weather satellite data, which can provide an independent cross check. It is also the period during which the surface temperatures seemed to show a sustained rise - the "blade" of the infamous "hockeystick" graph. In parallel, we need to examine the available proxy data for the same period. I predict they will not duplicate the claimed temperature rise of the surface Doing all this is not a small job - it will take two teams of skilled and dedicated people. But it must be done to achieve closure -- and we will learn what's behind "hiding the decline" and "Mike [Mann]'s Nature trick."

    This will be done -- if necessary, at the direction of the US Congress, provided the Nov 2010 elections produce a change in control. It's probably the best investment the government can make in climate research. Trillions of dollars are at stake here.

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