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I’ve made up my mind; don’t confuse me with the facts. – Unknown

Recently, I became aware of a project that analyzes the US Historical Climatological Network and the Global Historical Climatological Network, taking a physical site survey of all the monitoring stations out there that track temperature trends over the course of years.  The USHCN has about 1200 of them out there, which the GHCN has about 30-ish.

The survey found that nearly nine out of ten of these stations were positioned in such a way where there temperature data could be corrupted by things like radiating or reflecting heat from buildings, exhausts or other shadow producing objects.  As a matter of fact, government regulation that manages these sensors require their placement where they could not be biased.

Many of these sensors were put in place and later, their surroundings encroached upon by development.  These encroachments and biases for the sensors, under the control of the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS), are generally undocumented.  But the biggest problem here is that the sensors are being relied upon by NCDC and GISS to report on rises in global temperature, part of the body of evidence used to advance the case for global warming and climate change.

Simply put, government climate scientists are relying on data from sensors that are being biased by things like air conditioner exhausts, parked vehicles nearby, and radiating heat from stone and brick walls.  Maybe they are unaware of this, but the study at Surface Stations.org represents a serious problem with provided data.  Commentator Anthony Watts put up this website which is using a grassroots effort to catalog and photograph all the monitoring stations through photographic survey – putting them into a database.

But it would seem that Watts’ research is being largely ignored, with climate change people calling him a crock. 

Sound familiar?

Recently, we were all made aware of scientists in the climatology world who knowingly tried to tamper with data in order to present supportive evidence for man-made climate change, rather than actually reviewing that the data shows a falloff as of late.   But rather than come clean on the data and, more importantly, their reasoning for wanting to tamper with the data, the guy at the center of this, University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit director Phil Jones is stepping down.   Penn State professor Michael Mann is also under the microscope.   Investigators are looking into the matter, but it seems to me that Jones and Mann will get flushed so as to turn the spotlight away from one of the biggest hoaxes in the last 20 years.

And then, there is the unfair handling of evolution scientists in the entire Intelligent Design debate.  These scientists ignore the body of creation-based science, because it requires the involvement of a supernatural God.  While God goes unmentioned in much of the creation-based evidence, the evolutionist argument outright dismisses anything coming from I.D. simply because it involves God. 

And I always thought the purpose of science was to observe and record everything, not just the things that were convenient for the ones recording the results.  But as of late, that is suspect.

My post though isn’t necessarily to beat up on the global warming alarmists, yet again, since I’ve already done that on a few occasions.  My point here today is to make note that there seems to be something very wrong with the scientific community today.  It seems that the body of minds that we’re counting on to provide us insight to what the truth is, win, lose, or draw, is being affected (and subsequently polluted) by people who are concerned by agenda.

We saw this before, all throughout history.  Perhaps the most poignant example that comes to my mind is when the Church (and then the public) ostracized Galileo when he noted that earth was round and not in the center of the known universe.   It’s one of lifes great ironies that Galileo was a man of very deep faith who believed that the mysteries of nature can never contradict with the Holy Writ (scripture) and yet was persecuted by the Inquisition and confined to house arrest; his only crime: being a scientist that was true to his conviction of the truth.  (oh and calling Urban VIII a "thick-headed" man)

I wonder how Galileo would accept how humans have taken to science.  Perhaps in the same way as Cardinal Bellarmine and Pope Urban VIII received his views.  The saddest thing is that it took over 150 years after Galileo died before the Church was forced to conclude he was right and then nearly 350 years before he would get anything close to an apology from the Church.

Not like anyone is really apologizing for having an science-interfering opinion these days.

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Written by The Rabid Conservative

December 3, 2009 at 11:44 am

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