No time to go into too much detail on these right now. I don’t have much commentary yet as some of these studies/reports/commentaries come from folks with very strong feelings. That being said, this really feels like all 3 global temperature datasets are garbage.
The scientist behind the bogus claim in a Nobel Prize-winning UN report that Himalayan glaciers will have melted by 2035 last night admitted it was included purely to put political pressure on world leaders.
Climategate – CRU was tip of the iceberg – This commentary talks about major issues with the other two global temperature datasets. Specifically, there might be strong evidence of sampling bias of staggering proportions as well as funny adjustments (like with CRU).
GISTemp – A software developer has been spending many hours going through the code behind GISTemp which is widely regarded as the best global temperature dataset. Much like what was seen in the CRU code, there are some funny things going on. I have not spent much time unpacking this site just yet, but thought the link was a good one.
We know that Copenhagen was a failure. We can also be confident that the ludicrous cap and trade bill will not pass anytime soon. Much like last week with the election results in MA, I am heartened by this latest series of events. I was (and still am) ready to open the checkbook and pay whatever the government says I need to (be it a hidden tax with cap and trade or a carbon tax) because…well….the alternative is a date with the IRS.
However, it looks more and more like there will be enough light shining on the “evidence” of anthropogenic warming that the world will have a much clearer picture (perhaps in the next 2 years?) of what might actually be happening. That being said, I still maintain (without knowing much about the science) that the climate is so much bigger and more complicated than any software in existence has the ability to model. We like to pretend we can control and manipulate this awesome force, but I strongly believe our effect is minimal.