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NASA’s ‘hottest year on record’ was less than honest

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The media are ablaze with NASA’s announcement that 2014 was “the hottest year on record.” Headlines say “news for the earth is very bad” followed by the canned litany of irrational end-of-world assertions – hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, floods, rising sea levels …

There are some problems with that. Multiple satellite systems show it wasn’t close to a record year. Strangely, after having pressed for satellite systems decades ago to get more extensive and accurate measurements, NASA clings to an archaic system of thermometer stations at or close to ground level and highly sensitive to interference that exaggerates temperatures. Even worse, NASA’s claim of a record amounts to a few hundredths of a degree – from a system having an accuracy of just one tenth of a degree.

With 2014 temperatures being statistically indistinguishable from a number of other years, numerous international climate scientists expressed disgust for NASA’s claim. Ultimately, NASA admitted it’s more likely that 2014 was not a record year, but the headlines had already been made and the public will never hear the whole story.

But that’s the mission — to hoodwink Americans in advance of a conference later this year in Paris where we will be expected to sign onto a global warming treaty that will make us the laughing stock of the world.

It’s tragic that the organization that once had the ability to send men to the moon has degenerated into a propaganda arm for the fraud of catastrophic manmade global warming. How shameful.

James M. Policelli
Plainfield Township

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