Abuse Of Climate Data On The Increase In The US

According to climate alarmists at Earth-Sky, wildfires are on the increase in the US, and 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012 were record years.

2015 wildfire season a record-breaker | Earth | EarthSky

The graph above starts in 1960, and it isn’t hard to see why. Their graph starts at one of the lowest years on record. The graph below is a much longer record from the US Forest Service.

Indicator 3.16: Area and percent of forest affected by abiotic agents

I overlaid the two graphs at the same scale below, showing the spectacular fraud behind the start date of 1960 in the 1960-2014 graph. Their record high years were actually closer to being record low years.

The USFS graph is quite real, and correlates well with newspaper reports from the time.

TimesMachine: October 9, 1938 – NYTimes.com

Forest fire burn acreage is down 90% since CO2 was 280 PPM.


There is no correlation between fires and CO2, however there is an excellent correlation between fires and hot weather. The graph below shows the percent of days over 95F (35C) in yellow, and the fire burn acreage in black. They track each other very closely.

Climate alarmists can’t win the debate honestly, so they cheat, lie, cherry-pick start dates and tamper with data. And then they still lose the debate anyway.

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7 Responses to Abuse Of Climate Data On The Increase In The US

  1. RW says:

    Great post. Compelling and intuitive correlation between hot weather and fires. Hope this data and your interpretation of it makes it into the book.

  2. AndyG55 says:

    CO2 is used to put out fires. :-)

  3. Bob Hoye says:

    The chart comparisons remind of an old saying in physics:

    If your database is short enough it will fit your theory.

  4. tomwys says:

    Another Home Run!!! You are hitting so many that the warmists will figure out a way to alter the score and convince people that their strikeouts should count as runs too!!!

    • CheshireRed says:

      Correct but really it’s just pointing out that the opposition have scored an own goal. If they didn’t lie, cheat and cherry-pick then there wouldn’t be a need for Tony to do what he does. But they do, so he does. Pretty shameful isn’t it?

  5. GW Smith says:

    The accusation is all that matters, not the truth.

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