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Garbage In, Garbage Out II: Climate Modeling

Posted By Conn Carroll On January 28, 2009 @ 12:53 pm In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled

Garbage Dump

The economy [1] is not the only policy area where the left has slapped some lines of code together and are attempting to pass it off as reality. As Al Gore’s testimony today on Capitol Hill [2] reminds us, global warming would not exist as an issue without the left’s blind devotion to computer modeling. But as Retired senior NASA atmospheric scientist, Dr. John Theon tells the Senate’s Environment and Public Works minority subcommittee [3], climate modeling is not all that it claims to be:

My own belief concerning anthropogenic climate change is that the models do not realistically simulate the climate system because there are many very important sub-grid scale processes that the models either replicate poorly or completely omit. Furthermore, some scientists have manipulated the observed data to justify their model results. In doing so, they neither explain what they have modified in the observations, nor explain how they did it. They have resisted making their work transparent so that it can be replicated independently by other scientists. This is clearly contrary to how science should be done. Thus there is no rational justification for using climate model forecasts to determine public policy.


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[1] economy: http://www.foundry.org/2009/01/28/garbage-in-garbage-out-breaking-down-obamas-stimulus-claims/

[2] Al Gore’s testimony today on Capitol Hill: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jPJM_6_n7Kc9qbPZuObMwsyrXfuA

[3] Senate’s Environment and Public Works minority subcommittee: http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.Blogs&ContentRecord_id=1a5e6e32-802a-23ad-40ed-ecd53cd3d320

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