Climate deniers routinely claim that temperature data used to measure global climate change have been “falsified” and manipulated. Dozens of studies have shown this claim to be bullshit. Now Republicans control of the budgets of NASA, NOAA, DOI, EPA, and other environmental policy committees (here’s how that happened, btw).
FactCheck.org is “a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.”
FactCheck.org debunked (again) claims by Republican elected officials that scientists messed around with climate data that shows humans are affecting the climate.
In “Nothing False About Temperature Data,” FactCheck refers several research papers that reviewed, re-reviewed, and re-analyzed the temperature records published over the years. One paper reviewed data going back to 1801. Researchers and scientists that conducted these “meta” studies are located in labs and universities around the world, not just in the U.S.
All papers concluded: the data used to monitor temperature, and therefore measure changes to the climate; and that humans are causing serious disruptions to the earth’s natural climate cycles.
So, the next time someone brings up that the records were altered, kindly point them to this article. Ask them, with respect and empathy, to have a discussion about the facts. Above all, when chatting with someone about a controversial topic, stay on point. Define the terms of the discussion. Agree to not allow red herrings to enter the conversation, and throw everything off course.
And, guys, vote in the midterms…