Take theClimate Science Challenge
Premise: As mentioned on the first page of the Challenge, in 1986 Dr. James Hansen, head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (then considered the leading climate scientist in the world) made the first official presentation of anthropogenic global warming theory when testifying before a hearing of the U.S. Senate Environmental Pollution Subcommittee. The NY Times reported:
~Average global temperatures would rise by one-half a degree to one degree Fahrenheit [.28 to .56 Celsius] from 1990 to 2000 if current trends are unchanged, according to Dr. Hansen’s findings. Dr. Hansen said the global temperature would rise by another 2 to 4 degrees [1.1 to 2.2 Celsius] in the following decade.~
[I have used this annual average dataset graph to illustrate Dr. Hansen’s projections because, as you will see, it is a poster child for climate change propaganda.]
Riddle: Can you see any unusual global warming in the above graph that correlates with Dr. Hansen’s projections?
Conundrum: According to Dr. Hansen’s projections the global temperature should be up anywhere from 0.72 degrees to 1.44 degrees centigrade from 1990 to 2014. As can be seen in this graph, Dr. Hansen’s projections failed to materialize. In fact, since the 1950 major increase in fossil fuels consumption (a graph to illustrate this will be provided later), there appears in this dataset to be no change to the natural trend that predates 1950 back to the end of the Little Ice Age in about 1850. (The Little Ice Age is named for a global cold period that lasted over 500 years.)
Conclusion: As the supposed (by the adherent-establishment) empirical evidence of this graph suggests, if there has been a global warming trend occurring for the last 124 years, a significant rise in fossil fuels consumption has not affected it in any way, otherwise one would expect that at the least Dr. Hansen’s projection minimum would have been realized.
Punch Line: Mother nature has made a joke out of Dr. Hansen’s projections.