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Why Wong couldn’t answer August 3, 2009

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Why Wong couldn’t answer

Andrew Bolt, August 03, 2009
Herald Sun

Astrophysicist Willie Soon and climatologist Professor David R. Legates answer the questions that stumped Climate Change Minister Penny Wong, undermining the entire argument for the Rudd Government’s job-killing emissions trading scheme:

The brief answers to Senator Fielding’s questions are –

(1) Yes, temperatures did fall after 1998 while carbon dioxide rose;

(2) Yes, late 20th century warming was indeed not unusual in either its rate of change or magnitude; and

(3) Yes, all IPCC models did project warming through a ten year period when instead cooling occurred.

Taken together, the correct answers to Senator Fielding’s questions indicate that the hypothesis of dangerous global warming caused by human carbon dioxide emissions is invalid. It follows that costly emissions trading legislation is at best pointless. Doubtless this is why it has been so hard to elicit clear statements on the matter from Minister Wong and her supporters.

Read the full response from Soon and Legates here.

UPDATE

Warm winter? The New York Times in 2000 blamed global warming:

For the third year in a row, the United States has set a record for winter warmth, federal scientists reported yesterday… Shorter and milder winters are consistent with a century-long global warming trend that mainstream scientists believe has been at least partly caused by emissions of heat-trapping waste industrial gases like carbon dioxide.

Cool summer? The New York Times in 2009 blames everything else but global cooling:

Depending on Friday’s high, this was the second or third coolest June and July recorded in New York. If August follows the same pattern — and the latest forecast through midmonth predicts that it will — this could be the coolest summer on record… One reason for the record-breaking low temperatures was the record-breaking rainfall and accompanying cloud cover… Mr. Gadomski explained that a persistent high-level jet stream has sent cooler air streaming from the north and northwest.

UPDATE 2

Christopher Booker on an ominous silence from othe Met – one of the world’s top centres of climate alarmism, and producers of a key measure of world temperatures:

In recent months, in fact, a curious little drama has been unfolding over attempts by Steve McIntyre, a Canadian statistical expert, to get the Met Office and the CRU to divulge the computer data on which they base their temperature record. Mr McIntyre was not only the chief demolisher of the “hockey stick”, showing how it was based on a seriously skewed computer model, but later exposed the “adjustments” which had skewed the other official record of surface temperatures, run by Dr James Hansen of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. (The two other official sources of temperature data are based on satellite measurements.)

When Mr McIntyre made Freedom of Information requests to see the data used to construct the HadCrut record (as he has chronicled on his ClimateAudit blog) he was given an almighty brush-off, the Met Office saying that this information was strictly confidential and that to release it would damage Britain’s “international relations” with all the countries that supplied it.

The idea that temperature records might be a state secret seems strange enough, but when the policies of governments across the world are based on that data it becomes odder still that no outsider should be allowed to see it. Weirdest of all, however, is the Met Office’s claim that to release the data would “damage the trust that scientists have in those scientists who happen to be employed in the public sector”.

Worse, McIntyre says data is now being purged by the CRU.

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