Harvard Astrophysicist: 2014 “Hottest Year” Claim A “Prostitution Of Science” …Global Warming “Sorrowfully Exaggerated”

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Harvard Astrophycist Willie Soon asks if hottest year ever claim is “a joke”.

NoTricksZone sought out astrophysicist Dr. Willie Soon’s opinion on the claim that 2014 is the “hottest on record”. What follows is his reply:

2014 hottest year a manipulation

Is this a joke or simply my BAD dream? Prostituting science like this is now consider a virtue. It is no wonder that science writer Lord Ridley said that he has lost his faith on science as an institution.

http://www.rationaloptimist.com.aspx

Why would anyone even bother with claims and insistence of the globe in 2014 being the hottest to a relative colder years all within a few hundredths of a degree Celsius? Poor Anders Celsius should be dancing in his grave.

The claim is based on just one (from a half dozen or so) thermometer-based products whose measurement quality is fraught with uncertainty and with actual error bars at least ten times larger than those claimed “effects”. WMO and others simply pick and choose the “data” that produces the press news they want in time for the Lima, Peru political pow-wow.

In truth the datasets taken as a whole clearly show that the global temperature has been flat-trending for nearly two decades now and that the theory of rising CO2 leading to global warming is sorrowfully exaggerated.

This kind of manipulative science, exemplified by IPCC, WMO, NOAA and what have you, is serving its master in the realm of politics and policy, and is indeed very sickening.

All of them are essentially behaving in ways we would never want any of our school children to behave: cheating and manipulating that are accompanied by careful wording and clever rhetoric.

Of course as a philosophy we all hold science dear. But if we continue to keep silent and do not express outrage like the one I now feel, the notion of science as a philosophy and way of life will soon be reduced to computer games and animation for the mind-controllers and beauty-contest institutions.

If folks reading NTZ still need a bit of fact on how stinky this CO2-global warming ideology has become, you only need to consider reading the blog by Willis Eschenbach on how the UN’s own survey of over 6 million votes show climate change a non-issue.

Willie Soon”

Dr. Willie Soon is Astrophysicist and Geoscientist at the Solar and Stellar Physics (SSP) Division, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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27 responses to “Harvard Astrophysicist: 2014 “Hottest Year” Claim A “Prostitution Of Science” …Global Warming “Sorrowfully Exaggerated””

  1. Mike

    It is such a shame that this side of the debate cannot be heard on the main western media channels. Here is a straight forward bit of science, comparing datasets, but all datasets are not equal. Only the ones that show what they want to show are included, and that on the basis of agreed air time in proportion to the ratio of alarminst to sceptic scientists, 97:3 you know.

    1. DirkH

      At this point in time, everything promoted by the mainstream media is automatically tainted.

  2. John F. Hultquist

    Good statement. And good timing. Congradulations.
    I hope you can get it to a German media outlet. The gab fest in Lima will issue a “great progress” statement. Willie Soon, Roy Spencer, and others do have some followers and such statements are helpful.
    The storms hitting the US west coast and “the weather bomb” hitting the UK are distracting those nation’s media from the Lima thing a bit. The “desecration and exploitation of ancient Incan and Nazca historical sites for political and fund-raising purposes”, by GreenPeace, but timed to fit the UN affair does not help either group.

    ~~~~
    On Washington State’s west coast there is a place called Washaway Beach. It made the TV news this week:
    http://www.komonews.com/news/local/WATCH-IT-GO-3rd-home-tips-into-ocean-at-Washaway-Beach-285567491.html

  3. oebele bruinsma

    A very sorry state of affairs indeed, especially for science and of course the political correct science organisations.

  4. Stephen Richards

    Why would anyone even bother with claims and insistence of the globe in 2014 being the hottest to a relative colder years all within a few hundredths of a degree Celsius –

    Ask Betts, Schmidt et al. The answer is most likely to be MONEY.

  5. frank

    The 1 expected this the other expected another ice age, sounds familiar to you that the name Hajo expected it wihtin a number of winters.
    If you guys want to take a look at wintersportweerman.nl, just get some Hajo is an over the top sensation man!.

  6. Bob Armstrong

    What !? You question we know the mean tempertature of the planet to 5 significant digits ?

    Do we know it to 3 ?

    1. yonason

      Radiation goes as the 4th power of Temp, in Kelvin units. Conduction in simple objects of uniform composition is calculable, but being 1st order in space and 2nd order in time, 3 dimensional objects of heterogeneous composition pose serous problems. Convection is a complete can of worms. Local temps can vary 10’s of degrees a day, and even multiple times a day, and the temp in the parking lot can be much higher than in the woods across the street.

      Assigning a mean temperature to the earth is utter nonsense, IMO.

  7. frank

    Bob who imagine that question?, + what do you mean with it.

  8. Mindert Eiting

    These record-braking events are unscientific and statistical monstruosities (as I explained some time ago). Record-braking (the most this or that ‘ever’) comes from the superficial worlds of sport and entertainment. You can be sure that it is the ideal stuff for propaganda. Thanks, Pierre, for interviewing Willy Soon. There are still some scientists left.

  9. Joe Chang

    in Willie’s talks, he always says he is not allowed to state that he is associated with Harvard-Smith. CFA. They don’t want to be associated with denier/infidels. Apparently Harvard does not find it disreputable being associated with a business school professor attacking a Chinese restaurant on being overcharged $1 four times or 4 items?

    1. BobW in NC

      Now, now, Joe—you’re trying to approach this rationally…

      If you consider that you’re dealing with a philosophy in which individuals are blind to everything but what they choose to believe and who have double standards (and utter, crass hypocrisy), then it all makes sense…

      Other than that, I fully agree with you.

      1. yonason

        How many here have heard Evan Sayet’s “grand unified theory of liberalism,” in which he explains how they “think.” It’s well worth the listen, if you haven’t. ‘Splains a lot, as it were.

  10. BobW in NC

    Dr. Soon is so right when he emphasizes that, “This kind of manipulative science, exemplified by IPCC, WMO, NOAA and what have you, is serving its master in the realm of politics and policy, and is indeed very sickening.”

    We are now seeing one of the ugly and pernicious fruits of post-modernism…because such “manipulative science serves its master” as it impacts public policy, it is clearly post-normal science. The rigorous science that Dr. Soon and the rest of us embrace is being abandoned.

  11. Graeme No.3

    To talk of 0.01℃ ±0.1℃ is hardly sensible, but it is the headline that counts.
    I wonder how long they can keep this post modern science going?

    We badly need people like Dr. Soon to reclaim science and restore respect in it.

  12. Steve C

    Amen to that, Dr. Soon. So much of the present-day climate “debate” reminds me inexorably of the title of one of Robert Sheckley’s excellent short stories: “Notes on the Perception of Imaginary Differences”.

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  14. Mervyn

    Some people might be familiar with the verse——The Earth is firmly fixed; it shall not be moved.——Psalms 104:5. This is the verse used by the Roman Catholic Church as evidence against Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) when he was tried for the crime of heresy. The crime? Galileo supported the theory of Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543) that Earth is not immovable, but rotates around the sun. Galileo was 70 years old at the time and, under the threat of torture, he reluctantly recanted his support for the theory on 22 June 1633. The Church banned his work. In 1832, Galileo’’s work was finally removed from a list of banned books, which was well after Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) established the truth about the theory of Copernicus in 1687. In 1992, 350 years after Galileo’’s death, the Roman Catholic Church repealed the ruling of the Inquisition against Galileo and admitted that the heliocentric theory was correct. That’’s right . . . in 1992!

    Today, it is clear that the United Nations, by virtue of its powerful position, is trying to impose its ambitious, arrogant and unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism by using a group-think consensus doctrine on climate change, effectively trying to undermine the advancement of genuine science, much in the same way as the Roman Catholic Church did over 350 years ago.

  15. Roald J. Larsen

    In UK they got UKIP that are sceptical to AGW. Also in Norway sceptics are beginning to organize, latest attempt is called Liberale i Norge (LiN).
    https://sites.google.com/site/liberaleinorge/

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  17. Warm in Canada

    I’m sure Dr. Soon is an intelligent man, but an astrophysicist is not a climatologist. His incomplete and inaccurate descriptions of the processes involved in climate science reveal his own ignorance on the subject. The fossil fuel industry and its vast resources have unfortunately done a thorough job of buying off ‘experts’ to spread disinformation and denial. Play ostrich if you like, but our planet is in trouble.

    1. DirkH

      Warm in Canada
      17. Dezember 2014 at 15:30 | Permalink | Reply
      “I’m sure Dr. Soon is an intelligent man, but an astrophysicist is not a climatologist.”

      Careful there or we agree with you. Godfather of Global Warming James Hansen is an astrophysicist.

    2. DirkH

      And I give you 3 attempts in guessing what Michael Mann is.

  18. Violeta Kleiber

    “Climate change is a non-issue”? Try living in the tropics where our country lies. It gets warmer and warmer – no, hotter and hotter, should be the better term. No scientific theories can remove the fact that our country had been devastated by cyclones and typhoons beyond people’s imagination, with winds howling at more than 300 km/hr and ocean waters so high, surging inland and flattening an entire city. Such things had never happened in our country before this “non-issue climate change”. Step down from your high towers of theories developed in a cool and safe environment and LIVE the change. When you, hopefully or not, experience the dread of clinging to a tree for dear life, with waters wildly swirling around you and winds howling to remove your grips, I hope at that instance you remember your theories. I doubt whether you can repeat saying them with such poker face!

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