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More room for these guys

It’s that time once again where I read a quote and you try to figure out who said it. This time out, it’s from a document, so there’s not so much a “who” said it as it is what document it’s from. It’s an important document, so I’ll give you that hint. And it has something to do with abuse of the IRS’s power.

And what do you do when your computer models don’t match reality? Do you reprogram the model? Climate alarmists take a different approach; they modify reality, or at least, the data that is supposed to represent reality. Listen in to find out what reality is, and why they’re having struggles dealing with it.

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Government Data Show U.S. in Decade-Long Cooling

Global warming computer models confounded as Antarctic sea ice hits new record high with 2.1million square miles more than is usual for time of year

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Show transcript

We are, once again, going to play that crazy game, Name That Quote, where I read the words and you try to figure out who said it.

This one may sound pretty easy, but the answer may surprise you. It surprised me. Here it is.

He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.

Hmm, Darrell Issa, from the committee looking into the IRS targeting of conservatives? A paper, perhaps, from the Republicans on that committee? A subpoena, maybe, where the reason for the inquiry is written out? Some pundit on Fox News?

No, you need to go way back to get to the source of this quote, back 40 years, to July 27th, 1974. This is a portion of one of the three Articles of Impeachment filed against President Richard Nixon. The other two dealt with the Watergate break-in, and the failure to produce documentation as subpoenaed by Congress.

Did you notice that? Just 3 things – the break-in, the IRS enemies list, and resistance to the investigation of the first two things – were enough to get Congress, both Republican and Democrat, to try to impeach a President. But our current President has his own issues, like sending guns to Mexican drug cartels, failing to defend our people in Benghazi, or even something like getting the phone records of news reporters.

Just remember; no one died during Watergate. These days, the credibility of the press and Democrats, on the other hand, isn’t doing so well, giving the current circumstances.

But the big question is, can it be proved that President Obama was responsible for any of this? No, of course not. All the relevant records from the IRS and the Federal Elections Commission have died in an, I’m sure merely coincidental, simultaneous set of hard drive crashes. Therefore, he didn’t do anything wrong, and you can’t prove he did. All it really proves is that the leading cause of hard drive failures in the DC area are Congressional subpoenas.

It must be a hassle to have computer models telling you one thing, and reality telling you something else. Climate alarmists are certainly having to come to grips with this. Here are a couple of findings recently that suggest some reprogramming of those models may be required.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most accurate, up-to-date temperature data confirm the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade. It’s “at least” the past decade, because in January, 2005, the NOAA established a network of 114 pristinely sited temperature stations spread out fairly uniformly throughout the United States. This was in response to issues with sites which, at the time, because of their location, had to have their numbers adjusted. Perhaps they were fine at one time, but perhaps construction around them, for example, blocked the Sun from them, or perhaps certain buildings radiated more heat toward them, or they were near heat vents. Things like that. Adjustments were made to the raw data to try to make them equivalent to the readings they would have had if the surrounding changes hadn’t happened. The adjustments were, as some charged, subject to fudging to make the data look as though global warming was indeed happening.

So a new network was set up in such a way that adjustments would not be needed. And now, almost 10 years later, the unbiased data shows that indeed the US has been cooling for the entire time. One suspects that the creation of this new network did not coincidentally come online just at the temps started to come down, so it seems more probable that this trend had been going on for some amount of time before these new thermometers were released into the wild. And just in those 10 years, the US has cooled by approximately 0.4 degrees Celsius, which is more than half of the claimed global warming of the twentieth century.

Ten years is a relatively short period of time, but two things: First, it’s not what the models predicted. In fact, these US numbers are more in line with the global number that show a 17 year period of flat temperatures. Secondly, it helps to explain what the America’s National Snow And Ice Data Center recently found. The ice around Antarctica covers about 16million sq km, more than 2.1?million more than is usual for the time of year, and an all-time high since satellites have been keeping track of this in 1979.

Of course, as you’ll read from the link in the show notes, some scientists are trying to say that global warming is causing the increase in ice, even though they blamed it for the decrease in years past. Which explains what climate alarmists do when the models disagree reality; they modify reality.

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