As you'd expect from a person whose job is to spread disinformation (Paul is employed as the "senior policy analyst" for CFACT, which I gather is code for "propaganda officer"), his article is full of falsehoods.
Paul Driessen tells fibs about temperature data
For example at one point he claims that global mean surface temperature is "based mainly on only 1,200 measuring stations for Earth’s entire surface". This is utter rubbish. From the GISS website, there are records from more than 6,000 weather stations used in GHCN v3, which covers land. I don't know how many are reporting currently. The chart suggests around 2,000 - maybe a reader knows. The new NOAA data set adds land data from ISTI to GHCN data, which has doubled the number of land records. Then there are all the thermometers in the oceans, mostly located on moored and floating buoys, but also ship readings. For some reason, telling lies isn't listed among the Telltale Techniques of Climate Science Denial, yet it's probably the most common technique of all.
Telltale Technique No. 2: the Logical Fallacy
Paul commits a logical fallacy of personal incredulity (Telltale Technique No. 2), when he writes: "The “hottest ever” charade also assumes reliable temperature data exist for the entire USA and planet all the way back to 1880! It defies belief." No it doesn't defy belief, although the further back in time you go, the fewer reliable records to work with. GISTemp probably starts in 1880, not 1780, because the error bars get quite a bit larger when you go back further. HadCRUT goes back to 1850, while Berkeley Earth goes all the way back to 1750. Now that will certainly defy the belief of a science denier like Paul Driessen.
This next statement shows that Paul Driessen doesn't have the first clue about how the global mean surface temperature is calculated. Nor does he understand anomalies. Nor does he understand how instruments are distributed around the world. He wrote:
Claims that 2014 was the “hottest year on record,” and July 2015 was “the hottest July” since “at least 1880,” are based on city and airport temperatures that are always several degrees higher than those at nearby rural sites.Even if a particular place is warmer or cooler than it's surrounds it doesn't matter. What Paul doesn't know is that it's the trend that matters, not whether one place is hotter or colder than another. That is, whether the temperature in the New York region has risen or fallen over time and by how much. Or globally, whether the mean surface temperature has risen or fallen over time. And it has risen. This is what Paul doesn't want his readers to know - that the planet's surface is getting mighty hot:
|Data source: GISS NASA|
Alarmism of the conspiratorial kind: Telltale Technique No. 5
However it's this paragraph that got my attention. This time it's Telltale Technique No. 5. Paul is talking about President Obama when he writes about "he". He wrote how President Obama is working to cede US sovereignty to some mysterious "global governance" and bring about the collapse of industrialised civilisation:
He and his friends in the UN, EU, Big Green and Climate Crisis Industry have also made it clear that they intend to use the Paris conference to negotiate the future distribution of the world’s wealth and resources, determine what economic growth and living standards are “ecologically feasible,” and transform the global economic development model: replacing sovereign nations and free enterprise capitalism with global governance and decision-making based on “sustainable development” and “dangerous manmade climate change” mantras. 1992 climate conference organizers even said saving the world requires that they cause “industrialized civilization to collapse.” They intend to keep their promises.
How's that for alarmism. Not to mention conspiracy theorising.
From the WUWT comments
Melbourne Resident is quite taken with all the tall tales and telltale techniques from Paul Driessen and is going to post them far and wide. Or probably tight and narrow, since I doubt that anyone could read far and wide and believe the silliness at WUWT:
August 30, 2015 at 3:37 pm
I couldn’t have said it better. Well done Mr Driessen. I will be re-posting this in as many places as I can manage. We are tired of being defrauded by those who claim to care for the planet when not caring a fig for their own people. Strong western economies mean strong worldwide trade and a demand for goods and services from the third world. With bankrupt economies everyone will suffer. It is time to throw out the UN and the EU and all other 2 letter acronyms!
Enjoy the day
Athelstan. compares President Obama with the worst of the worst. Sheesh, WUWT does attract them, doesn't it. It must warm the cockles of proud American patriot Anthony Watts' heart to read comments like this:
August 30, 2015 at 4:43 pm (extract)
Pol Pot, Stalin, Mao were genocidal maniacs. I never thought, that, I would begin to categorize the aforementioned with the name of a US president but as history shows and as any numerate economist cogent business analyst, logical thinker will inform you if you start to allow governments to limit and regulate the means of production, the only outcome its names are – famine and death.
Anthony's favoured English professor and "anonymous coward", Frank Lee MeiDere, joins in the revelry, suggesting that modernising the world's energy will prevent us from mining the solar system. I say "huh?" and "huh?" again:
August 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm
There is another issue at stake, too. As Jerry Pournelle pointed out years ago, if we use our natural resources to get into space on a grand scale we can mine the solar system for eons to come. If we try to conserve these resources for the sake of conserving our resources we’ll simply run out, thereby destroying any chance of using the vast wealth awaiting us out there.
nigelf is a good little WUWT-er, spinning his climate hoax conspiracy theories and accusing all the world's earth system scientists of fraud:
August 30, 2015 at 5:09 pm
Remove all government money from anything climate or environment related.
Prosecute for fraud the scammers who are constantly adjusting century-old data to the fullest extent of the law. Serious jail time will greatly deter any future charlatans.
lisaginnz provides a glimpse of the sort of crackpot emails public figures must frequently get:
August 30, 2015 at 7:36 pm
great article! have tweeted Donald J. Trump asking what a Trump presidency would do to END the green madness and fraud…. and to NZ PM John Key…. NZ really needs to stop following the UN shite.
References and further reading
GISS Surface Temperature Analysis - Station Data - from NASA GISS
Hansen, J., R. Ruedy, M. Sato, and K. Lo, 2010: Global surface temperature change. Rev. Geophys., 48, RG4004, doi:10.1029/2010RG000345 (open access)
The 5 telltale techniques of climate change denial - by John Cook at CNN
From the HotWhopper archives
- Paranoia runs riot at CFACT and WUWT: conspiracy nuttery doesn't describe it - March 2015
- Paul Driessen and CFACT want to send Americans back to the Smog Age - November 2014
- Science deniers are consistently inconsistent... - January 2014
- WUWT, Heartland Institute and CFACT advocate global suicide by CO2 - September 2013