Uh-oh: Russians allege climate data manipulation

Posted on December 16, 2009


Big heads-up to James Denlingpole from the UK Telegraph, who is reporting that the Russian Institute of Economic Analysis issued a report that the Hadley Center for Climate Change probably tampered with Russian climate data and that Russian meteorological data doesn’t support the theory of man-made global warming.

Climategate has already affected Russia. On Tuesday, the Moscow-based Institute of Economic Analysis (IEA) issued a report claiming that the Hadley Center for Climate Change based at the headquarters of the British Meteorological Office in Exeter (Devon, England) had probably tampered with Russian-climate data.

The IEA believes that Russian meteorological-station data did not substantiate the anthropogenic global-warming theory. Analysts say Russian meteorological stations cover most of the country’s territory, and that the Hadley Center had used data submitted by only 25% of such stations in its reports. Over 40% of Russian territory was not included in global-temperature calculations for some other reasons, rather than the lack of meteorological stations and observations.

Let me guess – the Russian are lying because they love to pollute, right? The only problem is that there have already been suspicions that Siberian climate data has been fudged or ignored. But never mind that. Those who question are anti-science and on par with Holocaust deniers, don’t ya know, so move along.

All of the “consensus” conclusions were already a bit too shaky for my taste, and with all the recent revelations, it’s only prudent to take a step back and reexamine the data, the computer models, and the conclusions before enacting a sweeping global carbon regulation regime that would prove harmful to much of the world’s economy. But science and prudence aren’t the driving forces here – it’s politics and ideology that are providing the impetus to hurry and get some agreement before any more of the emperor’s clothes hit the floor.

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