[asa] Antarctica cooling

From: John Burgeson (ASA member) <hossradbourne@gmail.com>
Date: Fri Jan 23 2009 - 09:33:28 EST

From the net today:

An article in today's issue of the journal Nature argues that, in
defiance of decades of raw temperature data showing Antarctica is
cooling, the continent is actually warming.

James M. Taylor, senior fellow for environment policy at The Heartland
Institute, warns about assigning too much weight to the study. You may
quote from this statement or contact Taylor directly at
jtaylor@heartland.org or 941/776-5690.


"I would be quite wary of assigning much value to this article. Raw
temperature data and a number of studies over many years have
determined that Antarctica is cooling. Now we have a single article,
reliant on subjective data interpretation from well-known global
warming alarmists, saying the opposite.

"For a long time now, Antarctic cooling has been a stone in the shoe
of global warming alarmists. Now, conveniently, those who regularly
blog on an alarmist Web site claim they have 'statistically smoothed'
the data to show Antarctica is warming, even though surface
temperature stations show a significant, long-term cooling trend.

"The article appears to argue that due to incredibly bad luck, many
temperature stations scattered throughout the continent are located in
random, isolated pockets of cooling that defy the overall warming
trend. The odds of this being the case are quite remote, and the
theory is notably short on reliable evidence. Adding to the dubious
nature of the study's conclusion is the authors' self-interest in
silencing an embarrassing mountain of raw temperature data that
contradict the authors' global warming theory.

"It is funny how global warming alarmists worship at the altar of
alleged 'consensus,' but then totally abandon the appeal to consensus
when it is convenient to do so."

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