One of my business-school classmates stated in jest:
"Give me Lotus 1-2-3, and 2 hours and I can make any company look profitable."
I think this was at least partly in jest.
Now it seems that the same is true in climate science. It looks as if one of the "foremost" scientists behind the global warming (or is it climate change) parade has been found fudging the data.
Dr. Michael Mann - the academic behind the now infamous 'hockey-stick' of rising temperatures - has been caught playing with the data. Researchers looking to reconstruct Mann's calculation came across archived data that was labelled 'censored'. It seems that Mann had tried to cover his tracks - but wasn't smart enough to fully clean up the archive.
So why would a scientist - especially one involved in such a controversial field:
1. Delete the active data
2. Label data as 'censored'
3. Be so cagey about his methods.
The obvious answer is that Mann was the bagman for solving the IPCC's (the UN commission investigating climate change) big problem - the fact that the Earth's climate changes due to natural factors. A great deal of research money was at stake if they couldn't blame human activity for a few warm years.
Enter climate bagman Michael Mann. His assignment - to rig a model that would 'eliminate' the Little Ice Age (LIA) and the Medieval Warm Period (MWP). It looks like Mann did this by over weighting a few data points from tree ring measurements.
Mann is like my B-school classmate - give him a computer and a few hours and he can make any planet look warm!
Based on the 'hockey-stick' graph, the LIA and MWP have been deemed by the IPCC to be localized to Europe. Tell this to all the researchers looking at the climactic change in the North American Southwest during that period!
Here is a quote from one abstract:
Recent tree-ring reconstructions of summer drought over most of North America have
revealed unprecedented periods of elevated aridity and megadroughts, particularly in the western United States (the “West”) prior to A.D. 1600, with three particularly intense periods of drought occurring between A.D. 1021-1051, 1130-1170, and 1240-1265. These megadroughts fall within the time period variously described as the Medieval Warm Period or the Medieval Climate Anomaly (MCA). The MCA is also a period of overall increased aridity that lasted roughly 400 years (A.D. 900-1300) in the West.
(TREE-RING RECONSTRUCTIONS OF NORTH AMERICAN DROUGHT:
THE CURRENT STATE AND WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
EDWARD R. COOK Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Palisades, New York 10964 email@example.com)
Aw shucks - what does an Ivy League professor know anyway? Let's all bow to Mann's fraud and the Kyoto sham. Science is passe.
(Will Dr. "Fruit Fly" David Suzuki want to put me in jail for writing this?)