Hottest year hype

A scientist and former Obama energy official has joined the chorus of scientists fed up with the media’s “hottest year” hype.

‘The Obama administration relentlessly politicized science and it aggressively pushed a campaign about that politicized science,” said Steven E. Koonin, who served as Under Secretary for Science in Obama’s Department of Energy from 2009 to 2011.”

Marc Morano featured an article from “Real Clear Investigations” at CFACT’s Climate Depot.

“NOAA fixed the 2016 increase at 0.04 degrees Celsius. The British Met Office reported an even lower rise, of 0.01C. Both increases are well within the margin of error for such calculations, approximately 0.1 degrees, and therefore are dismissed by many scientists as meaningless.”

The article quotes MIT atmospheric scientist Richard Lindzen who said, “It’s typical misleading nonsense. We’re talking about less than a tenth of degree with an uncertainty of about a quarter of a degree. Moreover, such small fluctuations – even if real – don’t change the fact that the trend for the past 20 years has been much less than models have predicted.”

The media routinely posts sensationalist headlines such as “Earth Sizzles!” when discussing world temperature.  Koonin suggested more realistic alternatives such as “Global Temperatures Up 0.0X for 2016; Within Margin of Error for Last N Years,” or “Sea Level Rose 0.1 Inches Last Year, Consistent With Century-Long Trend.”

The media has been exaggerating climate stories for years. Let’s hope some in the Fourth Estate start reporting the whole story – including the remarks of bold forthright experts like Steven Koonin and Richard Lindzen.

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About the Author: Craig Rucker

Craig Rucker is the executive director and co-founder of CFACT.

  • Immortal600

    AGW hype design to scare the public. Aided by people who think they understand climate dynamics when they clearly don’t.

  • Dano2

    Three years in a row the hottest year in the instrumental record. Man is warming the planet. You can’t hide it.

    Best,

    D

    • Brin Jenkins

      How does the CO2 cause warming Dano

      • Brin Jenkins

        Still no ideas on how it works?

    • Brin Jenkins

      Like is pointed out, claiming an increase that is a fraction of the margins of instrument accuracy is no proof at all. We still need a viable explanation that CO2 can even be a driving force behind warming let alone Climate change, so warmer or cooler you still claim C02 was the cause of it. Sheesh what flawed logic you employ to convince us.

      • Immortal600

        To the AGW folks margin of instrument accuracy means nothing. The pause, which statistically speaking still exists, had to be explained away with bogus data readjustments. All kosher to the AGW crowd. It is their religion.

        • Dano2

          This is false: The pause, which statistically speaking still exists

          Poor lsandlwhana cannot show it is true. He made it up.

          This is false as well – I pre-bunked it on this thread, in fact: To the AGW folks margin of instrument accuracy means nothing

          Best,

          D

    • Brin Jenkins

      Don’t have to, a rise less than the margin of error is inconsequential.

      • Immortal600

        Brin, as you can see, Dano has the need to respond to my posts but not yours. As if he can refute what I say. He can’t. He thinks he does in his mind and that is fine but he doesn’t change a thing for me. I also think he’s afraid to engage you. You have frustrated him with your facts and he can’t refute them.

  • Immortal600

    One more thing, it is interesting that AGW proponents conveniently ignore margin of error in making “hottest year” claims. Anything that remotely looks good (bogus temperature records) to them is real.

  • Wally

    The same people claimed that global cooling was destroying the planet in the 1970s.
    The claimed was ‘science based’.

  • Wally

    The Big Lie strategy:
    If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes fact.