Eric Steig Gets 27 Million Pinocchios

There is less than a 1-in-27 million chance that Earth’s record hot streak is natural

Eric Steig, a professor at the University of Washington, told Mashablethat satellite data’s main flaw is that it doesn’t tell us much about the changing climate where we live — that is, at the surface.

“We live on the surface, and the surface temperature records are the most global and longest term record we have,” he said. “The satellite records measure something different — not the surface, where we live but averages over a substantial vertical part of the atmosphere. The records are short, and subject to greater uncertainties than the surface temperature data.”

There is less than a 1-in-27 million chance that Earth’s record hot streak is natural

Steig says that surface temperatures are reliable, yet GISS has massively altered them over the past decade. In fact, GISS has nearly doubled reported 1880 to 2000 warming since their 2003 version. They have altered the data so much, they had to stretch the scale at both ends to fit their alterations on to the graph. This is not “reliable” data.



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It defies explanation how any scientist could report this as reliable data. But it is much worse than it seems. The tampering above sits on top of a huge amount of earlier tampering.


But it gets even worse. Why would you choose surface temperatures over satellite temperatures to measure global warming? The whole point of global warming is that it warms the troposphere, not the asphalt five feet from the thermometer.

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Science doesn’t get any worse than this, Eric Steig. Making such a bold claim based on completely unsupportable data. You have completely reversed reality and misled the public and policy makers.

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11 Responses to Eric Steig Gets 27 Million Pinocchios

  1. Jason Calley says:

    Their data fraud is like the old “boiling frog” parable. A little change here, a little change there. Nothing so large that the alarm bells go off for the average person — but over a period of time you get adjustments equal to all the purported warming!

    And never a clear explanation of WHY they justify the changes…

  2. SMS says:

    Satellite readings may have a few minor problems but when you compare them to our land and sea based temperature records, they are 27 million times better. Satellite records are very comparable to rural, un-adjusted temperature records. They are not very comparable to urban, adjusted temperature records.

  3. gator69 says:

    There is a 1 in 1 chance Steig is a fraud

  4. spren says:

    I remember some years back, when James Hansen still seemed somewhat on the level, that he wrote an article discussing the proper method for collecting surface temperatures. He went to great lengths discussing the difficulties in doing this systematically and consistently. I seem to recall he thought the sensors should be located approximately six feet (2M) above the ground. Obviously, his methodology has changed quite a bit from that point where they didn’t even feel the need to use actual measurements for many sites but instead used Filnet to extrapolate the appropriate data they wanted for a given site. I guess that is what progressives call progress.

  5. Jay Mock says:

    I’d really love to have the source link to the 2003 graph. The link given is broken. Is there some way I could find it on my own? Any clues you could give me for a head start? I’ll share what I find.

    Wayback says there’s nothing except the date this post was posted, Jan 17, 2015

  6. Peter Scarlet says:

    Does this site provide any data to suggest that instead of islands disappearing due to so call sea level rise,could instead be due to erosion or sea floor sinking

    • Gator says:

      The best study I have seen suggests that many islands rise and fall with sea level change. Waves both deposit and erode.

  7. Nigel in California says:


  8. Mike says:

    Looks like the 2003 data has been deleted or at least is not at the GISS link as noted. I fear all the real data will be manipulated by the manipulators and nobody with any sense of decency or integrity is monitoring the manipulators. Science has been corrupted by the dark side I am afraid.

  9. Anon says:

    Utterly biased and misleading. If you read through the papers published by Hansen on the need for data manipulation and the factors they need to consider to get an accurate surface temperature, you’ll understand why the conclusion makes sense.

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