The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project
"The project reported only on the recorded temperature history since 1950 from temperature stations on land, which covers less than 30% of the earth's surface. As the project leader Berkeley Professor Richard Muller reported in a Wall Street Journal commentary on October 21, after obtaining and reviewing "more than 1.6 billion measurements from 39,000 [land based] temperature stations around the world... the result showed [drum roll please] a temperature increase similar to that found by other groups." Those are most prominently NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the U.S., and the Met Office and Climatic Research Unit in the United Kingdom.
In other words, that is nothing new. But this review and confirmation of the established land based temperature records that everyone working on the issue is familiar with was widely celebrated in the liberal/left Democrat Party controlled media as definitive new proof of the truth of the man-caused global warming religion."
The media news hype forgot to mention Muller admitting that "The [land based] temperature station quality is largely awful," noting that "A careful survey of these stations by a team led by meteorologist Anthony Watts showed that 70% of these stations have such poor siting that, by the U.S. government's own measure, they result in temperature uncertainties of between two and five degrees Celsius or more. We do not know how much worse are the stations in the developing world." He adds that, "The margin of error for the stations is at least three times larger than the estimated warming."
Unconclusive Measurement Scheme
Fred Singer concludes as a result "It is very likely that the reported warming during 1978-97 [from land based weather stations] is simply an artifact -- the result of the measurement scheme rather than an actual warming." When Singer sent a letter to the editor to the global warming cheer-leading Washington Post, pointing out the above anomalies and his conclusion, he reports the peculiar response that "they were willing to publish my letter, but not my credentials as emeritus professor at the University of Virginia and former director of the U.S. Weather Satellite Service. Apparently, they were concerned that readers might gain the impression that I knew something about climate."
Cosmic Rays are Causing the Cycles of Global Warming and Cooling
Three months ago, the results of a major experiment by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), involving 63 scientists from 17 European and U.S. institutes, indicated that the sun's cosmic rays resulting from sunspots influence to a much greater effect the Earth's temperatures than the UN's global warming models have been assuming. It makes sense as the historical pattern of temperature changes seems to follow the rise and fall of sunspots, rather than the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere. This further confirms what Heartland's Climate Change Reconsidered argues -- that natural causes have the dominant effect on Earth's temperatures, not greenhouse gases.
This sums up the basics of the science of temperature change on our planet. But sometimes facts of nature and the human process of knowledge are replaced by collective emotions and political agendas. Persons representing group interests will lie, even believing in their misrepresentations, only to reach their group-goal, regardless of the means. This is modern organized secular religion, condemning as "heresy" anything that questions the "party line." Just like the Inquisition did at the end of the Middle Ages, or like the communist party did last century. It makes no difference what measured reality indicates to us. The designated scope has been declared pure and beyond debate, comrades!
Source: townhall.com - Salvaging the Mythology of Man-Caused Global Warming