Well, the BEST results are in. And to hear some, this is the death knell to the skepticism of the CAGW hypothesis. Supposedly, this is proof that the earth has warmed and that skeptics had stated that the earth hadn’t warmed. Another common statement is that the BEST project was even headed by a ……. skeptic.
To those who state this, I say, in the immortal words of Joe Wilson, “You lie!”
Anyone who has bothered to look would know Richard Muller has been a CAGW advocate for quite some time. In fact, Muller has a business that profits from the alarmism. Just because Muller was critical of some of the more inane absurdities posited by other alarmists doesn’t mean he’s a skeptic. (My thanks to Legatus for his comment on WUWT.) If that were the case, then Jim Hansen would be considered a skeptic, as documented on this blog.
But, speaking of absurdities, the idea that skeptics have claimed that the earth didn’t generally warm in the last century is one of the most absurd claims I’ve seen. Yes, we call into question the temp records. There is much to criticize about it. Anthony Watts and volunteers have documented some clear examples of temp stations that should not be trusted, and that are included in the various temp records. But, that doesn’t mean we don’t acknowledge the general warming trend of the last century. We do. In fact, I did right here on this blog. But, so has any other skeptic. What I’m perplexed about, is once again, I’m left wondering if the alarmist writers on rags like WaPo are really that stupid or are they intentionally misleading their readers? It could be stupid. Maybe they don’t understand context. For instance, when we see this,
we can say the earth isn’t warming. Or, when we reference the MWP…..
We can arguably say the earth isn’t warming. And, in fact, when we consider BEST’s temp plot,
or HadCrut’s temp plot,
or even for over 14 years, the RSS temp plot….
OR EVEN GIS TEMPS FOR THE LAST DECADE!!!!
We can say the earth hasn’t warmed. In fact, only one data set shows warming in this decade, UAH; a data set run by two very real skeptics, Drs Christy and Spencer.
And as you can see, the reported warming is negligible. La Nina should soon bring UAH more in line with the rest of the data sets.
So, when some pinhead/writer blathers something about Dr. Muller this or BEST that, or skeptics said this or skeptics said that, tell them to get a life, get real, come with the proof, or go home. The earth warmed, slightly, during the last century. IT WAS SUPPOSE TO! And, I hope it continues, but I don’t think it will.
Hope this helps dispel some falsehoods,