More on NOAA's Temperature Tampering

"Cartoons by Josh" via WattsUpWithThat
As expected, more has come out this week pertaining to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's tampering with the climate temperature record. We are back to having 1936 the hottest year in U.S. history which is what was believed all along until they started "adjusting" the data. Please go to the link to read Anthony's article for details.

I was asked last week if I believe "global warming is a conspiracy?" While there are some very bad (the word "fraud" comes to mind in a couple of cases) actors, for the most part the answer is no. That said, there are two serious issues:
  • Groupthink. This is a huge problem. Many of these meteorologists work together closely in small groups (the National Center for Atmospheric Research comes to mind) and there is little diversity. Virtually all believe in catastrophic global warming, the institution gets a great deal of money from global warming, they have similar political points of view, etc. This is not a "conspiracy," it is groupthink.
  • Noble cause corruption. They believe (in a few cases, literally) global warming will be the end of the world, thus "the ends justifies the means." So, fudging figures here and there is, in their minds, justified. 

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