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Friday, January 11, 2019

During his run as chair of the House Science Committee, recently retired Texas Congressman Lamar Smith made a habit of accusing US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists of manipulating data to exaggerate global warming.

Smith did so almost entirely on the basis of his own wishes that data would stop showing warming, relying on fever swamp bloggers and disregarding published research....

His favorite target for both accusations and subpoenas was a 2015 paper published in the journal Science that incorporated new research to update NOAA's global temperature dataset.

The updates to the dataset made warming in the early 21st century more pronounced, and they indicated that a supposed "pause" in warming was a statistically insignificant event.



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After the paper was published, the UK's Mail on Sunday and its digital sibling The Daily Mail published allegations of improper behavior at NOAA, courtesy of a "whistleblower" inside the agency. The source, John Bates, claimed that the study had been rushed through without following proper data archiving protocol and that questionable choices had exaggerated the warming trend.

Most of the claims failed to make any sense right from the start, especially given the fact that the NOAA dataset showed no more warming than those run by NASA, the UK Met Office, or anyone else. ...

The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday were eventually forced to publish corrections and the science moved on, but the Department of Commerce (which runs NOAA) commissioned a firm to do a third-party evaluation of Bates' claims. Although the resulting report is dated July 2018, the Department of Commerce released it to the public just before the holidays -- and just as the government shutdown took NOAA's websites offline. As such, climate scientists only discovered it a few days ago when a retired NOAA researcher shared it on Twitter.


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Bupkis. Scientific term.

Like a thingamajig. Or a Do-hicky.

Only smaller. Planck size.

So small it cannot be seen... because photons are too big.

It can only be detected.

Like Dark Matter.

Only Darker. We scientists refer to it as a whole lot of "Dark Nothing".

#1 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-01-11 02:22 PM | Reply

Bupkis was also a Dick Van ---- Show episode.

The Dick Van ---- Show Full Episodes S04E24 Bupkis

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-01-11 03:11 PM | Reply

Lamar Smith is a typical Trumpublican.

Dumb as dirt and proud of it.

#3 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-01-11 03:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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