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NASA hiding climate data

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The Washington Times is running a story about a U.S. researcher poised to sue NASA, demanding release of the same kind of climate data that has landed a leading British center in hot water over charges it skewed its data.

Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said NASA has refused for two years to provide information under the Freedom of Information Act that would show how the agency has shaped its climate data and would explain why the agency has repeatedly had to correct its data going as far back as the 1930s.

“I assume that what is there is highly damaging,” Mr. Horner said. “These guys are quite clearly bound and determined not to reveal their internal discussions about this.”

The numbers matter. Under pressure in 2007, NASA recalculated its data and found that 1934, not 1998, was the hottest year in its records for the contiguous 48 states. NASA later changed that data again, and now 1998 and 2006 are tied for first, with 1934 slightly cooler.

Mr. Horner, a noted global warming skeptic and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism, wants a look at the data and the discussions that went into those changes. He said he’s given the agency until the end of the year to comply or else he’ll sue to compel the information’s release.

His fight mirrors one in Europe that has sprung up over the the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit in the UK after thousands of e-mails from the center were obtained and appear to show researchers shaving their data to make it conform to their expectation, and show efforts to try to drive global warming skeptics out of the conversation.

The center’s chief has stepped down pending an investigation into the e-mails.

The center has also had to acknowledge in response to a freedom of information request under British law that it tossed out much of the raw data that it used to draw up the temperature models that have underpinned much of the science behind global warming.

Mr. Horner suspects the same sort of data-shaving has happened at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), another leading global warming research center.

Written by Ben

December 4, 2009 at 4:11 pm

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  1. Thank God for the e-mails that are waking people up.


    December 5, 2009 at 11:09 am

  2. Copenhagen carbon load: 1,200 limos, 140 private jets
    posted at 6:57 pm on December 6, 2009 by Allahpundit
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    Nothing new, but still pretty amazing. After Climategate, which the UN’s own climate chief now acknowledges is a PR nightmare, and with recent polls showing growing skepticism about global warming — and not just U.S. polls, either — you’d think the AGW crowd would go the extra mile at its big photo op to demonstrate the urgency of the crisis. Instead, this. Either they still don’t realize they have an image problem or they don’t care, opting to pay for their sins with indulgences from the corrupt carbon-offsets industry instead of emulating the average joe and doing without luxury transportation for two weeks. For a bunch of politicians, they sure are stupid about optics.



    December 7, 2009 at 6:53 am

  3. Ben

    December 7, 2009 at 8:08 am

  4. It’s sad (scary?) to consider that hackers had to uncover this, and not investigative journalists. For many reasons I’m not surprised, but if this doesn’t show such a clear Liberal bias and subsequent ignorance in the MSM, I don’t know what does.

    Vern R. Kaine

    December 7, 2009 at 2:46 pm

  5. Since the mid-90s, I have been saying that our MSM has morphed itself, perhaps unwittingly, into the PR arm of the DNC.

    The media has stacked itself with liberal employees.


    December 8, 2009 at 11:35 am

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