300 scientists want NOAA to stop hiding its global warming data

Hundreds of scientists sent a letter to lawmakers Thursday warning National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists may have violated federal laws when they published a 2015 study purporting to eliminate the 15-year “hiatus” in global warming from the temperature record.

“We, the undersigned, scientists, engineers, economists and others, who have Daily Caller  New Foundationlooked carefully into the effects of carbon dioxide released by human activities, wish to record our support for the efforts of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology to ensure that federal agencies complied with federal guidelines that implemented the Data Quality Act,” some 300 scientists, engineers and other experts wrote to Chairman of the House Science Committee, Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith.

“In our opinion… NOAA has failed to observe the OMB [Office of Management and Budget] (and its own) guidelines, established in relation to the Data Quality Act.”

The Data Quality Act requires federal agencies like NOAA to “ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information, including statistical information.”

Smith launched an investigation into NOAA’s study last summer over concerns it was pushed out to bolster President Barack Obama’s political agenda. Democrats and the media have largely opposed the probe into NOAA scientists and political appointees, but Smith is determined to continue investigating. NOAA officials surrendered emails to congressional investigators in December.

“It is this Committee’s oversight role to ensure that federal science agencies are transparent and accountable to the taxpayers who fund their research,” Smith told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Americans are tired of research conducted behind closed doors where they only see cherry-picked conclusions, not the facts. This letter shows that hundreds of respected scientists and experts agree that NOAA’s efforts to alter historical temperature data deserve serious scrutiny.”

Of the 300 letter signers, 150 had doctorates in a related field. Signers also included: 25 climate or atmospheric scientists, 23 geologists, 18 meteorologists, 51 engineers, 74 physicists, 20 chemists and 12 economists. Additionally, one signer was a Nobel Prize winning physicist and two were astronauts.

NOAA scientists upwardly adjusted temperature readings taken from the engine intakes of ships to eliminate the “hiatus” in global warming from the temperature record.

The NOAA study in dispute claims the scientists found a solution to the 15-year “pause” in global warming. They “adjusted” the hiatus in warming the temperature record from 1998 to 2012, the “new analysis exhibits more than twice as much warming as the old analysis at the global scale.”

[dcquiz] “As has been acknowledged by numerous scientists, the engine intake data are clearly contaminated by heat conduction from the structure, and as such, never intended for scientific use,” wrote climate scientists Dr. Patrick J. Michaels and Dr. Richard S. Lindzen of the libertarian Cato Institute on the in the science blog Watts Up With That. “Adjusting good data upward to match bad data seems questionable.”

“If we subtract the [old] data from the [new] data… we can see that that is exactly what NOAA did,” climate expert Bob Tisdale and meteorologist Anthony Watts wrote on the same science blog. “It’s the same story all over again; the adjustments go towards cooling the past and thus increasing the slope of temperature rise. Their intent and methods are so obvious they’re laughable.”

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This article originally appeared in The Daily Caller

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  • Annelise Freeman

    301, you can add me to the list. Since when does science hide the raw data. Or the better question; why are they hiding the raw data?

    • Dano2

      Another one comically unaware the data were personally deilvered to Lamar Smith. Twice. Plus he knows the data are public.

      You’re no scientists.

      Best,

      D

      • Pam Dunn

        The liberal moron and spewer of total idiocy once more displays its lack of a brain and any shred of intelligence.

  • This controversy has multiple layers of deception. Perhaps the biggest deception is the notion that warmth is bad in an ongoing Ice Age. When the Holocene ends (and it’s already 500+ years overdue), those little white things at the poles are going to grow far larger. Those who survive the cold and starvation are going to pray for more warming.

    Those who are lying in this “climate change” scam are contributing to the jeopardy of 7+ Billion lives. We need to arrest the scientists who are lying and hiding data. Then, we need to prepare for “climate change” (natural or human made) and this doesn’t include taxing it to death. And, if we’re clever and wise enough, we might figure out a way to End the Current Ice Age.

    • Dano2

      this “climate change” scam

      Clearly there is still a market among the Faux “News” faithful for claiming that:

      o Thousands of scientists;

      o across a century and a half;

      o in a wide range of specialties;

      o in dozens of countries;

      o on six continents;

      o speaking scores of languages;

      o having over ten thousand peer-reviewed papers;

      o are involved in a complex plot to ‘fake’ AGW…

      o but have been exposed by a few intrepid bloggers and fossil fuel billionaires.

      Has there ever been – ever – a less likely conspiracy theory ever than this one? In the history of the world?

      Best,

      D

      • Pam Dunn

        Another load of Stupidity, nonsense and out right liberal BULLSHYTE from the moron with a head full of Donkey dung.

  • Dano2

    That’s weird because not only are the data public, the data were personally deilvered to Lamar Smith. Twice. Plus he knows the data are public.

    Were these 300 “scientist” (Larry Bell a scientists? I LOLzed!) paid to write this letter? What other reason would they send it because they know the data have always been public/!?!?!?!?!

    Best,

    D

    • Pam Dunn

      More lies and asinine claims from the totally brain dead left winger moron.