1988: The Start Of The Global Warming Scam

The US experienced a severe heatwave and drought during the summer of 1988, the Mississippi River nearly dried up, one-third of Yellowstone Park burned up, and it was the perfect time for James Hansen to start the global warming scam. He told Congress that he was 99% certain the heatwave was due to CO2, and that heatwaves would get much worse starting in the 1990’s.

Iowa was hot, so it wasn’t hard to get the useful idiots at the Des Moines Register on board with a front page headline declaring 1988 to be the hottest year ever, less than half way through the year.

24 Jun 1988, Page 1 – The Des Moines Register

05 Oct 1988, Page 2 – Arizona Daily Star

The days ahead of his testimony were record hot in the US. Late June temperatures had been plummeting in the US for 60 years, but the heat of 1988 provided the perfect opportunity for James Hansen to perjure himself before Congress and get his scam going.

Almost the entire country was over 90 degrees, and Iowa was over 100 degrees – which made the Des Moines Register easy pickings for a scam.

It was the hottest June on record in the DC area, with 21 days over 95 degrees. Since then, the frequency of 95 degree days has dropped by about 90%.

In order to really make sure they got the global warming scam going, Hansen and his fellow climate scamster Senator Tim Wirth of Colorado sabotaged the air conditioning at Congress the night before the June 23 hearing.

We called the Weather Bureau and found out what historically was the hottest day of the summer. Well, it was June 6 or June 9 or whatever it was, so we scheduled the hearing that day, and bingo: It was the hottest day on record in Washington, or close to it. It was stiflingly hot that summer. [At] the same time you had this drought all across the country, so the linkage between the Hansen hearing and the drought became very intense.

… What we did it was went in the night before and opened all the windows, I will admit, right? So that the air conditioning wasn’t working inside the room and so when the, when the hearing occurred there was not only bliss, which is television cameras in double figures, but it was really hot. …  So Hansen’s giving this testimony, you’ve got these television cameras back there heating up the room, and the air conditioning in the room didn’t appear to work. So it was sort of a perfect collection of events that happened that day, with the wonderful Jim Hansen, who was wiping his brow at the witness table and giving this remarkable testimony.

Interviews – Timothy Wirth | Hot Politics | FRONTLINE | PBS

By December of 1988, global temperatures had plummeted due to La Nina, which Hansen declared to be an unusual ocean current. Hansen was forced to back off his hottest year ever claim, so he replaced it with a claim that hurricanes would get 50% stronger.

Ellensburg Daily Record 


Since then, both major hurricanes and droughts have plummeted in the US.

HURDAT Re-analysis

Climate at a Glance | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

By 1999, it was obvious even to Hansen that his 1988 Congressional testimony was garbage.

NASA GISS: Science Briefs: Whither U.S. Climate?

Hansen was upset that the US was cooling.

His heat, hurricane and drought forecasts had failed, so Hansen got into a new business which became the basis of the ongoing scam – data tampering.

Without Hansen’s bold move into massive data tampering, the global warming scam would have been dead decades ago. Hansen quickly learned that he could use the trust NASA had built up during the Apollo program as cover to turn cooling into warming. All things become possible once a scientist makes the move into data tampering and fraud.

Make no mistake about it, the people behind this scam are criminals – not scientists. They have nothing but failed predictions and fraud in their past and present.

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    Hansen only needed to be right about one thing , that the public would believe him.

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    Spurwing Plover


    The hotests year on record was 1934 long before any of these eco-wackos were born and long before the eco-wacko movement of today

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    I clearly remember the summer of 1988. It was really hot and dry here and my lawn mostly died.

    Since then we’ve had nothing close to it. In fact, if anything, it seems colder and wetter than ever. Right now it is only 63 degrees here and we have had more rain in the last two weeks than we usually get in May and June combined. This seems the “new normal”. No wonder politically motivated alarmists had to re-brand their phony crisis from “global warming” to “climate change”.

    …Keep moving the goal post.

    The sky is falling!!! Atone for your environmental sins by purchasing CO2 indulgences from Al Gore!… Surrender national sovereignty, end free market economics, and cast away the Constitution – that will solve this horrible man-made crisis!

    Remember 1988 and forget the rest!

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    ’88 was definitely hot. We didn’t have any climate calamity to blame it on. It was just weather back then.

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    Spurwing Plover


    In 1988 we still had Johnny Cash and Bib Hope Ronald Reagan Al Gore was a unknown little twerp and DiCaprio and David(Luarie)were still acting like the dip-wad they still are today

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