Writing in his Real Science blog, Steven Goddard explained how he found out that NASA had altered U.S. temperature readings to show a warming trend where none existed: He compared graphs published on NASA’s website in 1999 to those available today. He even set up an animation of the two temperature graphs to show the extent of the fraud.
Goddard went further by exhuming quotes from climate changers who also have changed their opinions, including the infamous James Hansen. In 2003 Hansen authored a paper for the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change entitled “Can We Defuse the Global Warming Time Bomb?” in which he concluded that “halting global warming requires urgent, unprecedented international cooperation” with the clear implication that the United Nations was just the group to accomplish it. But back in 1999, Goddard discovered that Hansen co-authored an article at NASA’s Goddard (no relation to Steven) Institute for Space Studies, “Whither U.S. Climate?” in which they claimed:
Empirical evidence does not lend much support to the notion that climate is headed precipitately toward more extreme heat and drought. The drought of 1999 covered a smaller area than the 1988 drought when the Mississippi almost dried up.... 1988 was a temporary inconvenience as compared with repeated droughts during the 1930s “Dust Bowl” that caused an exodus from the prairies as chronicled in Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.
Hansen et al. added:
The U.S. has warmed during the past century, but the warming trend hardly exceeds year-to-year variability. Indeed, in the U.S. the warmest decade was the 1930s and the warmest year was 1934....
In the U.S. there has been little temperature change in the past 50 years ... in fact, there was a slight cooling throughout much of the country.
This reflected a study done in 1988 by the British Meteorological Office that concluded that the record set in 1988 “appeared to have been linked, at least in part, to natural fluctuations.” On top of that, scientists from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) studied temperatures over the past 100 years leading up to the record year (1988) and concluded that “there had been no significant change in average temperatures over that period.”
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Image: NASA 2013 temperature anomaly data from nasa.gov