AP: Satellite data ‘adjusted’ – Now shows no ‘pause’ in global warming


WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate change doubters may have lost one of their key talking points: a particular satellite temperature dataset that had seemed to show no warming for the past 18 years.

The Remote Sensing System temperature data, promoted by many who reject mainstream climate science and especially most recently by Sen. Ted Cruz, now shows a slight warming of about 0.18 degrees Fahrenheit since 1998. Ground temperature measurements, which many scientists call more accurate, all show warming in the past 18 years.

“There are people that like to claim there was no warming; they really can’t claim that anymore,” said Carl Mears, the scientist who runs the Remote Sensing System temperature data tracking.

The change resulted from an adjustment Mears made to fix a nagging discrepancy in the data from 15 satellites.

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The satellites are in a polar orbit, so they are supposed to go over the same place at about the same time as they circle from north to south pole. Some of the satellites drift a bit, which changes their afternoon and evening measurements ever so slightly. Some satellites had drift that made temperatures warmer, others cooler. Three satellites had thrusters and they stayed in the proper orbit so they provided guidance for adjustments.

Mears said he was “motivated by fixing these differences between the satellites. If the differences hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t have done the upgrade.”

NASA chief climate scientist Gavin Schmidt and Andrew Dessler, a climate scientist at Texas A&M, said experts and studies had shown these problems that Mears adjusted and they both said those adjustments make sense and are well supported in a study in the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Climate.

The study refutes the idea of a pause in global warming, “but frankly common sense and looking at how Earth was responding over the past 18 years kind of makes this finding a ‘duh’ moment,” wrote University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd.

Chip Knappenberger of the Cato Institute, who doesn’t doubt that human-caused climate change is happening but does not agree with mainstream scientists who say the problem is enormous, said this shows “how messy the procedures are in putting the satellite data together.”

The other major satellite temperature data set, run by University of Alabama Hunstville professor John Christy, shows slight warming after …

U.S. would suffer ‘a diplomatic black eye’ – Obama’s climate envoy warns Trump against scrapping Paris UN climate deal

President Obama’s special envoy for climate change has warned Republican presidential hopefuls including Donald Trump and Ted Cruz that any attempt to scrap the Paris climate agreement would lead to a “diplomatic black eye” for the US.

Speaking to journalists in Brussels, Todd Stern also said that a recent supreme court decision to block Barack Obama’s clean power plan would not affect US climate pledges, or plans to formally sign up to the Paris agreement later this year.

Republican candidates such as Trump or Cruz who query climate science on the presidential stump would in practice be “very loathe” to set off the storm that would follow any ditching of the Paris accord, Stern argued.

“Paris as an agreement has such broad acceptance and support around the world from countries of every stripe and region and Paris itself was seen as such a landmark – hard-fought, hard-won – deal that for the US to turn around and say ‘we are withdrawing from Paris’ would inevitably give the country a diplomatic black eye,” he said.…

Sen. Cruz says he would withdraw U.S. from Paris climate accord if elected

Sen. Ted Cruz, who has questioned the existence of global warming, said Tuesday that if he were elected president, he would withdraw the United States from the landmark climate agreement reached in Paris earlier this month.

“Barack Obama seems to think the SUV parked in your driveway is a bigger threat to national security than radical Islamic terrorists who want to kill us. That’s just nutty,” Cruz told reporters in a high school classroom here. “These are ideologues, they don’t focus on the facts, they won’t address the facts, and what they’re interested [in] instead is more and more government power.”

Cruz has long sounded a skeptical note on climate change. He chairs the Senate subcommittee that oversees NASA and has said that the space agency needs to focus more on getting off Earth and less time studying what happens on the planet, specifically when it comes to matters of climate change.

The Texas Republican said at a Senate hearing earlier this month that temperatures on the Earth haven’t changed in 18 years, sparring with a retired Navy rear admiral and meteorologist who said that the Earth’s temperature had risen during that time.

“Those facts are, to use Al Gore’s phrase, an inconvenient truth,” Cruz said in Knoxville. He accused the administration and other countries of using climate change as an excuse to increase regulations and make life more expensive.

“So they set them aside and continue to propose jacking up the cost of millions of Americans’ day to day living. Jacking up your car bill, jacking up your electric bill, jacking up the cost of people who are struggling,” Cruz said.

Mark Steyn rebukes democrats in climate hearing: ‘You’re enforcing a state ideology’


Published on Dec 8, 2015

Hearing: Data or Dogma? Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate over the Magnitude of Human Impact on Earth’s Climate
US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
December 8, 2015

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, will convene a hearing titled “Data or Dogma? Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate over the Magnitude of Human Impact on Earth’s Climate” on Tuesday, December 8 at 3 p.m. The hearing will focus on the ongoing debate over climate science, the impact of federal funding on the objectivity of climate research, and the ways in which political pressure can suppress opposing viewpoints in the field of climate science.


Witness Panel 1


Hearing Details:

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
3:00 p.m. ET

Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness hearing entitled “Data or Dogma? Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate over the Magnitude of Human Impact on Earth’s Climate”

This hearing will take place in Senate Russell Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Climatologist: AP Guilty of ‘Yellow Journalism’ – Breaking News from AP: Seth Borenstein, Michael Mann & Andrew Dessler think climate skeptics are wrong!

Associated Press article rating presidential candidates – November 22, 2015


AP features Michael Mann smearing Ted Cruz: ‘This individual understands less about science (and climate change) than the average kindergartner. That sort of ignorance would be dangerous in a doorman, let alone a president.’

Climate Depot’s Marc Morano reacts to AP: ‘What would AP have found out if it asked scientists Richard Lindzen, Will Happer & Patrick Moore to rate candidates instead? – ‘Wow Seth. Featuring Michael Mann and Andrew Dessler to evaluate GOP? This is trash reporting even by partisan newsletter standards. Ted Cruz is one of the most articulate and scientifically accurate GOP presidential candidates on man-made global warming claims. Somehow Cruz was rated a 6 out of 100 while Bernie (AGW is bigger threat than Terrorism) Sanders gets a 87 out of 100? Does AP even imagine this type of ‘journalism’ has any meaning?’

Flashback: ‘Long sad history of AP reporter Seth Borenstein’s woeful global warming reporting’


The reaction to the Associated Press article rating presidential candidates has been swift.

Meteorologist Dr. Ryan Maue Mocks AP’s pick of Michael Mann: ‘AP Fact Check by virulent partisan climate scientist.  Unbiased, of course.’ Maue added: ‘I wouldn’t trust that list of climate scientists to deliver mail nor opine on serious foreign or domestic policy.’

Climatologist Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. calls out Seth Borenstein’s article: “Yellow journalism. Including this remarkably inaccurate statement ‘federal ground-based data.. is more reliable than satellites'”

Other reactions: ‘Mann by Seth. What a joke. Let’s fact check Mann via a Berkeley professor Richard Mullen: Michael Mann’s Climategate ‘hide the decline’ explained by Berkeley professor Richard A. Muller

JunkScience.com: ‘AP allows Nobel prize faker Michael Mann to grade GOP candidates on climate




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RealClimateScience.com: AP’s Seth Borenstein says surface temperatures are more accurate than satellites. Utter nonsense.

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