Fake! Fake! Fake! Fake!

In discussing the recent release of some 5,000 Climategate e-mails, blogger Anthony Watts uses the clever headline "They are real -- and they're spectacular."  He credits Jerry Seinfeld as the source.  Following his example, I choose the headline "Fake! Fake! Fake! Fake!"  -- also taken from a Seinfeld episode  -- in discussing the surface temperatures generally reported for the latter part of the 20th century; they form the science basis for prosperity-killing international climate policy. Here I am using the word "fake" as an adjective, and not as a verb.  I mean to say that the scientific conclusions derived from such temperatures are not real, but I don't imply that the values themselves have been purposefully altered or adjusted.  We simply don't have any information to support such an accusation.  But I do claim that the commonly reported and accepted warming between 1978 and 2000 is based only on thermometers from land surface stations and is...(Read Full Article)