Checking Palin’s Funny Facts

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I wish I’d thought of this. Thankfully, James Hrynyshyn at the Island of Doubt on Scienceblogs did. He decided to do what the Washington Post declined when it published Sarah Palin’s imaginary science in an op-ed piece today. Hrynyshyn tackled Sarah’s facts:

“The e-mails reveal that leading climate ‘experts’ deliberately destroyed [deleted copies of] records, manipulated adjusted data to ‘hide the decline’ in global select North American temperatures [tree-ring proxy data that conflicted with observational records], and tried to silence [challenge] their [non-expert] critics’ by preventing them from publishing [competency and the wisdom of allowing flawed papers to appear] in peer-reviewed journals. What’s more, [T]he documents show that there was no a real consensus even within the CRU crowd. [While s]ome scientists had strong doubts about the accuracy of estimates reliability of temperatures [proxy data] from centuries ago [the last three decades, estimates used to back claims that more recent temperatures are rising at an alarming rate, [the observational data since 1850 only confirms the science behind anthropogenic climate change].”

Hope is revived that WaPo will print my Op-Ed on UFOs! I’ve got rockin’ opinions.

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