Always eager to repeat his faux-controversy success in bringing Climategate into the mainstream, James Delingpole at Breitbart UK is still trying to get press for Tony Heller's (aka "Steven Goddard") counter-narrative that climate scientists "cook the books" to indicate global warming. This time, Delingpole is trying to hype up the narrative by titling a post "Forget Climategate: This 'Global Warming' scandal is much bigger." In this manufactured scandal, he looks at raw temperature data and claims it is more reliable than corrected data, which brings him to the conclusion that scientists have tampered with the data in order to support their global warming arguments.
In reality, the corrections are necessary because scientists must adjust for the different ways that temperature has historically been measured. For example, measurements used to be taken in the afternoon, but now we know it's more accurate to take them in the morning. (NOAA has an FAQ about it for the curious.) Interestingly, Heller's claims are so far-fetched that even delayer Judith Curry gave space to Zeke Hausfather to explain why the adjustments are necessary back in July. Delingpole links to this but writes it off as, "a case of 'move along. Nothing to see here.'"
Delingpole asks why the mainstream media hasn't picked up on the scandal, saying it's because alarmists provide, "seemingly plausible scientific answers." Or maybe it's because the media hasn't forgotten Climategate and in fact learned its lesson about taking the side of ideologically driven bloggers against real science.
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