Our view: Global warming facts may not hold water

A scientific poll shows that 69 percent of Americans believe it is at least “somewhat likely” that scientists falsify data to support their beliefs, of which 40 percent believe it is “very likely.” Only 6 percent believe it’s “not likely at all.” New hard-science global warming data from NASA may back up the cynics.

If tornadoes ravage the Great Plains, we are told it’s more evidence of global warming. When wildfires rip through poorly managed forests that are loaded with old fuel, we are told it’s caused by global warming. Too hot? It’s global warming. Too cold, it’s climate change caused by global warming. Too much rain; global warming. A drought; global warming. Imagine how modern alarmists could have used the Dust Bowl.

Don’t believe any of it? Then you are in denial of settled science — settled by a consensus, we are told. Never mind that an impressive list of scientists at some of the world’s most respected universities and research institutes dispute the claims. Forget that leading promoters of global warming theory have been caught lying about their findings. Believe the “experts” who say it is true.

Or, you can choose to believe Roy Spencer. He is the U.S. science team leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer — NASA’s Aqua satellite. The scanning radiometer has been described as a giant thermometer in space.

Global warming believers have long relied on computer models of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an organization that has been discredited even by some of the scientists who have served on it. The IPCC’s computer models — which use faulty data, based on the charges of some critics — have predicted heat lost to space by Earth. We are told that global warming results from conditions, exacerbated by humans, that prevent enough heat from escaping into space. With NASA’s satellite thermometer, Spencer and his team of scientists have been able to measure the heat escaping into space. The IPCC has frightened us with predictions about heat that doesn’t escape; NASA has enlightened us with hard data about the heat escaping Earth’s atmosphere.

Spencer’s team found that data show more heat escaping into space than the IPCC has predicted, which means less is getting trapped to overheat Earth. Reports say the new findings confirm previous heat-loss data recorded by other satellites. Forbes reports that NASA has a 25-year record of real data that contradict IPCC’s dire predictions of an atmosphere that won’t let enough heat escape.

Global warming fundamentalists refuse to believe these inconvenient truths. One critic said we should not blindly accept two decades of “imperfect satellite data.” Yet we are supposed to embrace the IPCC’s predictions as facts.

“What are we supposed to do, pretend that the laws of physics have gone on a 25-year vacation?” wrote James Taylor, managing editor of Environment & Climate News, for Forbes.

It remains possible that humans are causing a catastrophic warming phenomenon that threatens their own existence. Anything is possible. The hypothesis tells us to worry. More and more, empirical data tell us the hypothesis may not hold up.