Was 2010 the Hottest Year Ever?

January 27, 2011 17:26

Wrong.  It’s yet another example of a political activist with a Ph.D. donning a magician’s cape to try pull one over on the audience.

by Brian Sussman at Human Events.com


First, the facts.  We’ve only possessed the ability to precisely measure the temperature with thermometers since the early 1800s, which interestingly coincides with the end of the Little Ice Age and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.  Since then the temperature on the planet has only warmed .7 degrees Celsius (or slightly more than a degree Fahrenheit), with most of that warming occurring before 1940.  In fact, according to the National Climatic Data Center, the warmest decade on record was the 1930s, with twenty-two of the now 50 states recording their highest temperature ever during those years.  Thirty-eight states recorded their all-time highs before 1960.  Likewise the hottest year on record was 1934.  Even Jim Hansen’s NASA unit has been forced to acknowledge this.  Period.

Second, we know from proxy data (ice core samples, tree rings, historical writings, etc.) that Earth’s temperature was significantly warmer over most of the past 10,000 years by up to 4 degrees Fahrenheit.  Certainly the SUV can’t be blamed for that.

Third, the current temperature data collection system is horribly rigged.  Government temperature gurus are using significantly less data—or even estimating data—from cold places like Canada and Siberia.  They’re also relying on more temperatures from thermometers placed in highly urbanized (artificially warmer) locations, as well as taking more readings from the oceans.  Thus, overall global temperatures are being skewed upward. That’s exactly what NASA did again this year.


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