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RE: [cdn-nucl-l] Climate Change Swindle video panned
Jeremy Whitlock wrote:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org.McMaster.CA on behalf of Whitlock, Jeremy
Sent: Wed 3/28/2007 8:38 AM
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Subject: RE: [cdn-nucl-l] Climate Change Swindle video panned
I didn't say he had to agree with them. I thought it was significant that
he didn't mention them.
At best Gore makes occasional reference to "so-called sceptics", the
on-screen audience snickers, and then another cut to Gore and his laptop
flying first-class or cruising in his limo, spewing GHGs. Cue the Oscar
James, since you specifically call the claim of higher historical
temperatures a "lie", I'm interested in the alternative explanation for
Greenland being green during the time of the Vikings?
No, what I claimed was that the graphic that was used in the program to claim higher historical temperatures was a lie. Martin Durkin's staff first claimed the source for the curve was a white paper available on the OISM website, www.oism.org . That turned out to be false. They then claimed the source was from a climate-sceptic paper in a non-climate-science journal. That was true, but Durkin and/or his people had "extended" the curve, which ended in the early 80's to the year 2000, in a way that "supported" the program's argument, and a way that does not agree with actual temperatures over that time period. They also smoothed the data, claiming that the original NASA data was too "wiggly".
The best available estimates of temperatures 1000 years ago is the Mann et al. compilation of a variety of temperature proxies from around the world -- the famous "hockey stick". It strongly suggests that current temperatures are the warmest of the last millennium, but the error band around 1000 CE includes the possibility that temperatures were slightly warmer then.
The whole story of Durkin's lying graphic is in the URLs provided in my posting.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
These comments are mine and have not been reviewed and/or approved by my management or by the U.S. Department of Energy.