Climate Alarmists Invent New Excuse: The Satellites Are Lying

weather satThe climate alarmists have come up with a brilliant new excuse to explain why there has been no “global warming” for nearly 19 years.

Turns out the satellite data is lying.

And to prove it they’ve come up with a glossy new video starring such entirely trustworthy and not at all biased climate experts as Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann Kevin “Travesty” Trenberth and Ben Santer. (All of these paragons of scientific rectitude feature heavily in the Climategate emails)

The video is well produced and cleverly constructed – designed to look measured and reasonable rather than yet another shoddy hit job in the ongoing climate wars.

Sundry “experts”, adopting a tone of “more in sorrow than anger” gently express their reservations about the reliability of the satellite data which, right up until the release of this video, has generally been accepted as the most accurate gauge of global temperatures.

This accuracy was acknowledged 25 years ago by NASA, which said that “satellite analysis of the upper atmosphere is more accurate, and should be adopted as the standard way to monitor temperature change.”

More recently, though, climate alarmists have grown increasingly resentful of the satellite temperature record because of its pesky refusal to show the warming trend they’d like it to show. Instead of warming, the RSS and UAH satellite data shows that the earth’s temperatures have remained flat for over 18 years – the so-called “Pause.”

Hence the alarmists’ preference for the land- and sea-based temperature datasets which do show a warming trend – especially after the raw data has been adjusted in the right direction. Climate realists, however, counter that these records have all the integrity of Enron’s accounting system or of Hillary’s word on what really happened in Benghazi.

Given the embarrassment the satellite data has been causing alarmists in recent years – most recently at the Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “Data or Dogma” hearing last December – it was almost inevitable that sooner or later they would try to discredit it.

In the video, the line taken by the alarmists is that the satellite records too have been subject to dishonest adjustments and that the satellites have given a misleading impression of global temperature because of the way their orbital position changes over time.

These sound plausible criticisms till you look at this graph provided by one of the scientists criticized in the video, John Christy of the University of Alabama, Huntsville.

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What it shows is how closely the satellite data corresponds with measurements taken using a completely independent system – balloons. If the satellites are lying then so are the balloons.

Christy told Breitbart:

There are too many problems with the video on which to comment, but here are a few.

First, the satellite problems mentioned here were dealt with 10 to 20 years ago. Second, the main product we use now for greenhouse model validation is the temperature of the Mid-Troposphere (TMT) which was not erroneously impacted by these problems.

The vertical “fall” and east-west “drift” of the spacecraft are two aspects of the same phenomenon – orbital decay.

The real confirmation bias brought up by these folks to smear us is held by them.  They are the ones ignoring information to suit their world view.  Do they ever say that, unlike the surface data, the satellite datasets can be checked by a completely independent system – balloons? Do they ever say that one of the main corrections for time-of-day (east-west) drift is to remove spurious WARMING after 2000?  Do they ever say that the important adjustment to address the variations caused by solar-shadowing effects on the spacecraft is to remove a spurious WARMING?  Do they ever say that the adjustments were within the margin of error?

He adds:

I’m impressed someone went to so much trouble and expense.  The “satellite data” must be a real problem for someone. Do we know who financed this video?

Yes, we do. It was made by the Yale Climate Connection and part funded by the Grantham Foundation. The Grantham Foundation is the creation of a UK born US based hedge funder called Jeremy Grantham (and his wife Hannelore) and has since 1997 been at the forefront of promoting climate alarmism.

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    Amber

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    Are we seeing a pattern here .NOAA “adjusts ”
    data to create warming and now that pesky Satellite data, that shows no warming, is called into question by the three amigo’s of Climate Gate .
    Sticking weather monitoring equipment on
    airport runways ,asphalt ,and in dense urban centres while 2/3 of the world is ocean is barely monitored and places like Antarctica have a few thermometers stuck around is a complete joke .
    Top that all of with some nonsense that the annual average temperature of the earth is accurately measurable within fractions of a degree . Really ?

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    Amber

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    Maybe we have to revert back to taking a few Russian tree ring samples each year to produce a hockey stick ? Then have the whole thing produced by Disney .

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    David Lewis

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    For people who are just starting to read about this issue, I’ll give a review. Action on theory of disastrous man made climate change supports many hidden agendas. This includes giving more power to the government, transferring huge amounts of money to developing nations, receiving grants for politically correct research, subsidies for wind and solar power, and one defector even admitted the goal of his group was to de-industrialize America. Of course there are many more.

    Due to these hidden agendas the human caused theory of climate change is set in stone. It can not be changed no matter what the data shows.

    The alarmist reaction to the satellite data follows their typical pattern. First, they ignore it hoping not many will notice. However, when Sen. Ted Cruz starts citing satellite data it is too well known and must be rationalized or discredited, which is what the video in sited by the article attempted to do. The errors, oversights, and failure to include the balloon data shows the political motivation.

    The alarmists have tried to deal with the roman and medieval warming period by saying they were much less than reported. This doesn’t explain how forests underneath glaciers we have now grew during one of these periods.

    The fact that the warmest years in the last 100 years were cooler than 81% of the years in the last 10,000 years, and the warming period between 1910 and 1941 are still on the ignore list. If Ted Cruz mentions these, you can bet there will be an effort to discredit or rationalize them.

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    dgschroeder

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    Old measurements (1940’s and earlier) are not accurate and need adjusting downward. Modern high tech expensive equipment is very inaccurate and data needs very much upward adjustment. If the data is so inaccurate, why do the official weather departments use any modern equipment at all? They should go to their junk warehouses and to the museums and get all the 1950’sand 60’s weather equipment and put them back in use. Data from that era seems to need no adjustment, so those instruments must be very accurate.

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    Amber

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    In the 1970’s scientists gave us the great cooling scare . Didn’t happen . Now we have
    dire warnings that the earth has a fever and kids won’t know what snow is . Everyone agrees, the climate changes . Always has . We didn’t cause it too . The earth is in a long term cooling or heating trend all the time and thinking or suggesting we are going to alter the direction or keep it constant is sheer human arrogance .

    If islands were sinking why is China building brand new ones in the South China Sea right now ? Are they stupid ? Didn’t they watch
    the Al Gore movie ?

    If we were dumb enough to think we can set the world’s temperature by a degree or two
    let’s take a world wide vote to see who would opt for a warmer climate or a colder climate .

    Does Antarctica need to be colder than minus
    — 45 degrees ? Who has the moral authority to set the earth’s thermostat even if we could ?

    Perhaps a committee with the Pope as Chairperson and a few hedge fund billionaires around to look after the 1 percenter’s interests.

    Why are there so many hedge fund billionaires suddenly interested in saving the planet ?

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    Amber

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    Who in the Democrat party is not prepared to
    kiss $$ billionaire hedge fund butt to keep their hopes alive . Scary global warming , no problem , ban coal no problem , $$billions to the UN for redistribution to tin pot dictators no problem . Solving American citizen concerns …say what ? Screwing the people you claim to represent will not go unnoticed .

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    Me

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    So there is this thang they said with friction in the upper atomsphere causing the sats to lose altitude. err to that extent! So then the sats should be recording temps warmer as it’s reading closer to the surface. You know to go along with surface temps that they guard and adjust and not let anyone see it in the light of day. Well why is it that it disagrees with their surface data and more with ballon data?

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    Me

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    Yeah it don’t work that way, they know exactly the altitude of their sats and where it’s reading. But never let a good story cloud the lies they project!

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    Me

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    And when the few can get the control of that data, expect the same as with the surface data that they will not let out to the public. Because they claim some countries won’t let them disclose it. Funny how that works, they want open borders except for their data, then it’s a big wall with sovereignty attached to it, right UN? 😆

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    Me

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    Here is another thing, if CO2 is a pollutant, Right? Then what aren’t Bees? And why do people need epipens for them? Ya know problem, reaction, solution! Because they are natural polinatores? What does the wind do ? Or the rain then? You know when they What does they thinkblow and smack things around just like a bee, but the bee does it more like a balerena?
    What do they think vegatition survives on? Bees Alone? How in the world did plant life ever get along before there was Bees?

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    Me

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    Here is another thing, if CO2 is a pollutant, Right? Then why aren’t Bees? And why do people need Epipens for them? Ya know problem, reaction, and solution! Because they are natural pollinators? What does the wind do? Or what does the rain do then? You know, when they does they blow and smack things around just like a bee, but the bee does it more like a ballerina?
    What do they think vegetation survives on? Bees alone? How in the world did plant life ever get along before there was Bees?

    And yeah this was a re-post because something funky was going on as I was typing it and suddenly I was typing in the middle of what I was saying for no reason!

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    Me

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    But don’t eat nuts except when it’s heart healthy ones! Bees no problem, epipen for that!

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    Me

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    And then California, with their water restrictions and the greens claiming almonds are bad! Oh the burn! Yet again! I guess they weren’t heart healthy enough! 😀

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    Me

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    You know like wall nuts, err somethang!

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    Me

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    The only nuts that are bad for you are the ones with that fungus on them, and then there is the other human kind that does that voo-doo that they claim. Same BS different timeline!

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    Ridiculouso

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    Isn’t it funny that the very same people who say that the satellites lie, probably use aircraft – guided by GPS (satellites) to get them safely to their destination? They trust their lives to satellites that also suffer atmospheric drag and must readjust their orbits or adjust the mathematics to account for any such orbital deviations. This is all standard procedures with satellite positioning systems. They will fly by satellite but won’t trust them to record the temperatures? That is too funny for words.

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    Me

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    I got nothing against bees or nuts, but when you see weasel words used in promoting one thang with some green group backing it, you have to wonder? Organic foods is another BS story to liberate your $ from your wallet. The only thing that is organic you can trust is if you grow it yourself so you know. Co2 is the same BS so they can get more of that $, make you feel guilty and go along with their BS story.
    Bottom Line!

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    Me

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    And if Co2 is so bad and they get their way, how long do you figuer they will use it to the extent that you exhale co2 and now you are the problem? Litterally a breathing tax?

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    Me

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    They are already saying humans are the problem by indirect means of how we live, soon, it will be by direct means if they get their way.

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    Me

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    It’s always do more with less with them, but just not for them only everyone else.

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    Me

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    Only in the US as the price of oil dropped and it is reflected in their markets of what you pay, Here in Canada not so much. we are still paying well above the market value. they claim the prices of goods and groceries were because of oil prices and transportation cost? if that is the case then why is the price of groceries still the same? Why is the price of everything still the same,except for the price of what they pay per Barrel? Greed is the answer! Bottom line!

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    Me

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    Another problem is what Wal-mart is doing closing stores within 10 miles of each other! Some say it was driving small business under and now they did that they can close those markets? Really, again, I have nothing againse small business, But when they charge 10 to 20 times for the same of what you can get at a Wall-Mart, are they doing them selves any favors? And to that note the Dollar stores , yeah they sell alot of junk or cheap stuff, but I have seen them sellng the same that a Wall-Mart would at 10 times less yet again. So Small business , How much are they really cleaning up while claiming foul?

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    Me

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    And then you have special or industrial markets that only sell to certified trades men! You see the crap sold in stores to anyone that never lives up to the BS! But hey it sells and turns out to be crap and people that want to do their own handy work are pissed and in turn go out to get it done properly by a professional licensed tradesman! Right? Well it turns out the products that they sell to those professional tradesmen are only sold exclusively to those! Like a union or government regulated thang! Bet ya didn’t know that, now did ya?

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    Me

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    And for Albertians thinking they have no sales tax on their goods. Well here is the thing, I have had to pay more for a pair of levies jeans out there with out any sales taxes on it than from any Wall-Mart or any store in Atlantic Canada with sales taxes included!

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    Me

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    And that was in the 90’s

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    Me

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    Because where there is a boon there are people explioting that boon to get what they can. And they are creative in how they do it, it never stops Just like the Warmist AGW types, just like the Organic food claimers, Just like the Heart Healty food claimers. Their bottom line is to get as much as they can.

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    Me

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    And then there is a perscritopion drug just for you!

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    Me

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    Anyone like or ate sushi lately?

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    Me

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    Ya know it’s mostly rice, Right? And you pay through the nose for that, right?

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    Me

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    I’s like some new fad doing the same over and over and over, and people never learn.

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    David Lewis

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    Writing to “Me”, there are two things that would improve your inputs.

    One is to stay on topic of Climate Change and related issues. There are significant similarities in what some liberals are doing with Climate Change and Gun Control, but I have resisted the temptation to mention the latter because it would off topic for this form.

    The second it to use some sort of text editor to write your comments and after you have accumulated a number of them, make one entry. That reduces clutter and give yous time to think about what you are going submit.

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    Amber

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    “Me” With all due respect I agree with David Lewis suggestions on the format approach .

    The thread of what you are saying gets lost
    and is frustrating to read at times when it is so split up .

    Having said that, I kick myself for my poor penmanship etc almost every time so I can understand why you would chose to do your own thing regardless .

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    Me

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    Points noted, and yes it’s is off topic, but then there’s a trend you see mostly with the alarmist and the leftest that are pretty much the same with their smugness. And the Media with their stories basicly telling you how to think. Then with some of the stories being off topic on my part is partly to do with the twitter feed on the side here, So I look into some of that. And it gets spilled out here.
    As for my writing abilities, well, it is what it is, If I wanted to be a professional then I would, but I’m not. But your point is noted and I’ll still do my thing. So thanks anyway, and I’ll try to do better.

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    Amber

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    Thanks for replying Me .

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