James Hansen’s Hacks

Published August 16, 2007

In retrospect, you knew there would be trouble when you put the people responsible for the Space Shuttle program in charge of tracking U.S. temperatures. So perhaps it shouldn’t have come as a big surprise when it was revealed that NASA committed a bit of an oopsie regarding data constantly used by the mainstream media and other global warming proponents.

If you follow the global warming debate, one thing you “know” is that to even call it a “debate” is to whisk yourself away to the land of the Flat Earth Society and Holocaust deniers and to be on the take from Big Carbon. Another is that nine of the ten warmest years recorded in the U.S. lower 48 since 1880 have occurred since 1995, with the very hottest being 1998.

Regarding the first, all you need to see is the cover of the current Newsweek, promising to expose “the well-funded naysayers.” (Discussed in the Aug. 9 TAS.) I know about such smearing firsthand in that there’s a “fact sheet” on me from a group called EXXONSECRETS.ORG that claims it’s “documenting ExxonMobil’s funding of climate change skeptics.” Yet I’ve never received a petro-penny from ExxonMobil or anybody in the fossil fuel industry.