Archive
2013
March
2012
January
February
March
April
October
2011
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
2010
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
2009
August
September
October
November
December
Nov. 07, 2011

Climate Conspiracy 1: Scientists falsify data

by Neil Wagner

Click to enlarge images
Post on Twitter
Share on Facebook
.
{"input":{"width":490,"photo":"woe","row":"3531","table":"DOCUMENT"}}
 
We start What on Earth? Climate Change Conspiracy Theory Week with a very popular one: climate scientists falsify data. Scientists have been portrayed as incompetent idealogues, who use fake science “crap” to help along global warming. Stephen McIntyre of ClimateAudit.org has said shoddy science is at the heart of the matter.
More recently U.S. Presidential candidate Rick Perry has assigned his Climategate misconceptions to the climate science community at large, declaring “a substantial number of scientists (have) manipulated data…” Utah’s House of Representatives has called for an investigation of scientists’ “well organized” effort to “manipulate” global temperature data.
 
Sticks and stones. Evidence that the science is legit abounds. The “Climategate” scientists have been cleared six times by as many formal, independent investigations. “What on Earth?” once received a comment accusing scientists of artificially playing with sea levels to make the case for climate change. But, as the scientists in question state clearly on their own site:
“measurements are continuously calibrated against …tide gauges…seasonal and other variations… [and] global mean sea level rate. As new data, models and corrections become available, we continuously revise these estimates (about every two months) to improve their quality.”
There is pressure for skeptics to remain skeptics, lest they be thrown under the bus. Just ask Koch brother-funded Richard Muller, who is now labeled as “befuddled“ since his own research convinced him we really are warming our planet. Blogger and climate change denier Anthony Watts had declared “I’m prepared to accept whatever result [Muller and company] produce, even if it proves my premise wrong.,” but now questions the veracity of Muller’s work.
Good for you, Mr. Watt. You see right trough the devious climate scientists’ ploy. They’ve spent decades presenting their research to peer review, gaining an overwhelming consensus, and not responding to unfounded accusations, thinking the world might take this crisis seriously. Sneaky.
_________________________________________________
About Neil Wagner

Neil Wagner's What on Earth? comic strip uses humor to discuss global warming.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Science Friday.

Science Friday® is produced by the Science Friday Initiative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Science Friday® and SciFri® are registered service marks of Science Friday, Inc. Site design by Pentagram; engineering by Mediapolis.

 

topics