by Andrew Follett
January 28, 2016
satellite image taken on February 9, 2013 at 7:01 a.m. EST (1200
shows two low
pressure systems that came together and formed a giant nor'easter
over New England
creating blizzards from Massachusetts to New York.
The image was created
by NASA's GOES Project at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center,
(UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
Hundreds of scientists sent a letter to
lawmakers Thursday warning National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) scientists may have violated federal laws
when they published a 2015 study purporting to eliminate the
15-year "hiatus" in global warming from the temperature record.
"We, the undersigned, scientists,
engineers, economists and others, who have looked carefully into
the effects of carbon dioxide released by human activities, wish
to record our support for the efforts of the Committee on
Science, Space and Technology to ensure that federal
agencies complied with federal guidelines that implemented the
Data Quality Act," some 300 scientists, engineers and other
experts wrote to Chairman of the House Science Committee, Texas
Republican Rep. Lamar Smith.
"In our opinion… NOAA has failed to
observe the OMB [Office of Management and Budget] (and its own)
guidelines, established in relation to the Data Quality Act."
The Data Quality Act requires
like NOAA to,
and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility, and
integrity of information, including statistical information."
Lamar Smith launched an
investigation into NOAA's study last summer over concerns it was
pushed out to bolster President
Democrats and the media have largely
opposed the probe into NOAA scientists and political appointees, but
Smith is determined to continue investigating.
surrendered emails to congressional investigators in December.
"It is this Committee's oversight
role to ensure that federal science agencies are transparent and
accountable to the taxpayers who fund their research,"
Smith told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
"Americans are tired of research
conducted behind closed doors where they only see cherry-picked
conclusions, not the facts. This letter shows that hundreds of
respected scientists and experts agree that NOAA's efforts to
alter historical temperature data deserve serious scrutiny."
300 letter signers,
150 had doctorates in a related field.
Signers also included:
Additionally, one signer was a Nobel
Prize winning physicist and two were astronauts.
NOAA scientists upwardly adjusted
temperature readings taken from the engine intakes of ships to
eliminate the "hiatus" in global warming from the temperature
The NOAA study in dispute claims the scientists
found a solution to the 15-year "pause" in global warming.
They "adjusted" the hiatus in warming
the temperature record from 1998 to 2012, the,
"new analysis exhibits more than
twice as much warming as the old analysis at the global scale."
"As has been acknowledged by
numerous scientists, the engine intake data are clearly
contaminated by heat conduction from the structure, and as such,
never intended for scientific use," wrote climate scientists
Dr. Patrick J. Michaels and Dr. Richard S. Lindzen of the
libertarian Cato Institute on the
in the science blog Watts Up With That.
"Adjusting good data upward to match
bad data seems questionable."
"If we subtract the [old] data from
the [new] data… we can see that that is exactly what NOAA did,"
climate expert Bob Tisdale and meteorologist Anthony Watts
wrote on the same science blog.
"It's the same story all over again;
the adjustments go towards cooling the past and thus increasing
the slope of temperature rise. Their intent and methods are so
obvious they're laughable."