Researcher Reportedly Threatens to Sue NASA Over Climate Data

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A U.S. scholar is threatening to sue NASA to compel the release of climate change data, saying he suspects the agency has manipulated research like a university research center in Britain is accused of doing. *

A U.S. scholar is threatening to sue NASA to compel the release of climate change data, saying he suspects the agency has manipulated research just like a university research center in Britain is accused of doing.

The Washington Times reported Thursday that Christopher Horner, a fellow with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, has given NASA until the end of the year to grant his two-year-old Freedom of Information Act request for research detailing NASA's climate data and explaining why the agency has altered its own figures.

He's referring to calculations that first showed 1998, then 1934, then 1998 and 2006 as the hottest years on record.

The threat comes after leaked e-mails from Britain's University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit showed scientists appearing to manipulate climate data. The director of the unit has stepped down while an investigation is underway.

Horner said he suspects NASA's information is "highly damaging."

But White House scientists defended the science behind global warming on Capitol Hill Wednesday. A NASA spokesman told the Times the agency is collecting information to respond to Horner's request.

Click here to read the full story in The Washington Times.

Read more: washingtontimes.com/news/2009/dec/03/nasa-embroiled-in-climate-dispute/

This is long overdue; NASA’s data should never have been secret in the first place and given the problems being disclosed about the data at CRU (and apparently New Zealand as well) I suspect NASA won’t be able to keep their data secret for too much longer … although I have little doubt but that they will try.

If the NASA books have been cooked global warming is toast.

Ender

Actually as I understand it the vast majority of the data is available. realclimate.org/index.php/data-sources/

As I understand it in the NASA data set I am pretty sure world wide 2005 is the warmest year on record. In another one it is 1998, though if I remember correctly the difference is minor. Or in other words it;s not like in one data set 1998 is way hotter then 2005 and in the other 2005 is way hotter then 1998 it;s really close. As for 1934 that is the hottest year in the united states. More here on the 1934 thing. skepticalscience.com/1934-hottest-year-on-record.htm
But my guess is this issue will be resolved without incident as well.

Ok I have found the info about the 2006 thing I was a bit confused about that lol. From what little info I saw it doesn;t seem like a big deal to me. Without knowing exactly why the adjustment was made we definately can;t jump to the conclusion of the books arecooked!

Spoken as a true believer. Man-made Global Warming will have about as many adherents as do the gods of Olympus soon.

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Actually as I understand it the vast majority of the data is available. realclimate.org/index.php/data-sources/

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Given that this thread was started to discuss a possible suit to force NASA to turn over its temperature data, your claim that the vast majority of data is available looks pretty thin.

As I understand it in the NASA data set I am pretty sure world wide 2005 is the warmest year on record. ... As for 1934 that is the hottest year in the united states.

I pointed out before climategate that there wasn't very good agreement between the temperature graphs for the US compared with global temperatures and suggested that that indicated a problem with someone's data. At least that discrepancy has been cleared up - CRU was simply inventing theirs.

Ender

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