The global warming campaign depends on computer models that project a warmer world than measurements record.
What’s a warmist to do?
Propagandize of course!
Gavin Schmidt took over as Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in 2014 after serving as James Hansen’s deputy. They are arch-warmists both.
This week Schmidt is up to some old tricks and new. He proclaimed 2015 the “hottest year ever” and the media ate it up.
This is a ruse designed to distract from the fact that global temperature is cooler than the models projected. They accomplished this by ignoring satellite data (the best we have) and adjusting their own terrestrial data to warm it up.
Look for Schmidt to try and use the current naturally occurring El Niño as evidence of accelerated global warming and then to ignore the cooling from the La Niña that will follow.
They also fiddle with the baseline to bring in years from last century that were unusually cold to exaggerate warming.
Bias at GISS has gotten so bad that a few years back it prompted a large group of astronauts and space program veterans to sign a sternly-worded letter to NASA in protest.
Marc Morano reports at Climate Depot that MIT climate scientist Richard Lindzen will have none of it.
“Frankly, I feel it is proof of dishonesty to argue about things like small fluctuations in temperature or the sign of a trend. Why lend credibility to this dishonesty?” Lindzen, an emeritus Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT, told Climate Depot shortly after the announcements.
“All that matters is that for almost 40 years, model projections have almost all exceeded observations. Even if all the observed warming were due to greenhouse emissions, it would still point to low sensitivity,” he added.
Tampering with temperature data to enable hysterical pronouncements is unworthy of NASA and NOAA.
Fortunately, this time anyway, the public seems to be ignoring their “hottest year” hype.
Perhaps their playbook has finally run out of pages.