A fractured Supreme Court on Monday largely upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's radical rule designed to shut down the power plants that produce the most affordable electricity. The justices continue to accept the EPA's labeling of carbon dioxide as a "pollutant." This harmless gas, the agency insists, is melting the planet.
Only the brave deny man's responsibility for super-heating the globe in precincts where the wise and wonderful (just ask them) gather to reassure each other than they know best. "We know the trends," President Obama told the graduates at the University of California at Irvine the other day. "The 18 warmest years on record have all happened since you graduates were born."
The charts and graphs devised by NASA and the government's other science agencies back up the president's words. And well they should, because the charts, like the "science," were faked.
The "Steven Goddard Real Science" blog compares the raw U.S. temperature records from the Energy Department's United States Historical Climatology Network to the "final" processed figures, to demonstrate how the historical data have been "corrected," using computer modeling.
The modifications made to the past temperature record had the effect of cooling the 20th century, which makes temperatures over the last 14 years appear much warmer by comparison. Such changes don't square with history, which shows the decade of the 1930s the hottest on record. The Dust Bowl storms were so severe they sent clouds of debris from Texas and Oklahoma to the East Coast, even darkening the skies over the U.S. Capitol one day in 1934.
In an inconvenient article from 1999, written before the data had been "corrected," James Hansen, then a NASA scientist, acknowledged that the climate had held steady after the Dust Bowl storms. "In the U.S.," wrote Mr. Hansen, "there has been little temperature change in the past 50 years, the time of rapidly increasing greenhouse gases — in fact, there was a slight cooling throughout much of the country." Mr. Hansen, recognized as a godfather of the global warming doomcriers, then predicted that the first decade of the 21st century would be even hotter than the 1930s.
To produce this hotter result, the scientists "adjusted" the temperature records to make it appear so. NASA redrew the temperature chart Mr. Hansen used in 1999, and the new chart shows a dramatically cooled 1930s. The 1990s that Mr. Hansen once said were not so hot became warmer than the 1930s.
With the global warming scam unraveling before his very eyes, President Obama and his administration want action now. "The question is not whether we need to act," says Mr. Obama. "The overwhelming judgment of science, accumulated and measured and reviewed over decades, has put that question to rest. The question is whether we have the will to act before it's too late."
Too late for what? The planetary thermometer hasn't budged in 15 years. Wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes and other "extreme" weather events are at normal or below-normal levels. Pacific islands aren't submerged. There's so much ice the polar bears are celebrating.
Opinion polls show the public figured out that global warming was all hype years ago, but the judges still haven't heard the news. The usually unflappable Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the Monday opinion, joined by the four liberal justices and assorted conservatives who agreed only in part, and disagreed in other parts of the opinion. The high court justices missed an opportunity to reverse the EPA premise that all humans are "polluters" because they exhale. It's not supposed to be easy to dupe a judge, but the global warming scientists have done it.