Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Hatching a Rotten Egg
Utah’s Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch maintains a web page called “Climate Change 101,” in which he gives some reasons why he doesn’t think anthropogenic climate change is likely to be a problem. The page is riddled with red herrings, references to studies that have since been refuted by other scientists, and the use of fraudulent data.
In his section on Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate models, Hatch reproduces two graphs that were created by Christopher Monckton of the Science and Public Policy Institute, who has no scientific training. One graph purports to show that the IPCC climate models badly over-predicted the temperature evolution over the past decade. The other purports to show that IPCC carbon cycle models have badly over-predicted the evolution of atmospheric carbon dioxide over the past decade.
The graphs seem very compelling, but the fields Monckton labels as IPCC predictions are actually outright fabrications. Check it out here: www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2010/08/monckton-makes-it-up/.
From an 11/29/10 article in the Salt Lake Tribune, by Barry Bickmore