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Tag: data denier
A data denier is anyone whose knee-jerk response to measurement data that does not support their hypothesis of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming is to declare the data to be invalid for one reason or another. Data deniers generally fail to provide a cogent, rational reason for disregarding such data other than to say that the data are bad or that the data have been misinterpreted. Data deniers tend to dismiss such data out of hand and generally either refuse to discuss their reasoning or deflect the question to tangential issues.
James Hansen issued dire warnings in the summer of 1988. Today earth is only modestly warmer
Pat Michaels and Ryan Maue
[This article1 originally appeared with the same title in the Wall Street Journal on 21 June 2018. Ed]
James E. Hansen wiped sweat from his brow. Outside it was a record-high 98 degrees on June 23, 1988, as the NASA scientist testified beforethe Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources during a prolonged heat wave, which he decided to cast as a climate event of cosmic significance. He expressed to the senators his “high degree of confidence” in “a cause-and-effect relationship between the greenhouse effect and observed warming.”
Data denier, [James] “Hansen says the science is settled and there are no data which contradict the alarmist view of imminent catastrophic [global mean] temperature change and tipping points. Hansen can’t accept the fact that measurements, observations, facts and data show that present temperatures are quite ordinary and that the rates of temperature change are among the smallest of the past 10,000 years, despite present CO2 concentrations.”
This item describes interactions between Bob Endlich and data denier, James Hansen, at The Santa Fe Institute in 2013 during, and subsequent to, a presentation there by Hansen. In response to a question about inconsistencies between the measured data and Hansen’s alarmist contentions, Hansen chose to deny the data. At the time, Hansen was the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies; he has since retired from that post. We are reproducing Bob’s account of the exchange here for the archives.