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How Politics Conspired to Kill DSCOVR

This is the second in DeSmogBlog's investigative series called “Operation Uncover DSCOVR.
 
Back in 1998, before he wasn’t elected president, and long before he hit the Hollywood “A List” with An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore had an interesting idea.
 
It was a dream actually.
 
Gore woke one morning remembering how powerfully he was affected by the iconic “blue marble” photo taken on December 7, 1972 by the crew of Apollo 17 on their way to the moon.

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Step up DeSmogBlog fans. We need your help in finding out who killed the Deep Space Observatory project.

The more donations we receive the more resources we can throw behind this project. We have an opportunity to shine the light on the politics behind global warming at their worst. Click here to donate, it all adds up, so whatever you can afford.

And here's the cheeky DSCOVR “advertisement” we are sending around the blog-o-sphere. Enjoy!

A DeSmogBlog exclusive investigation into NASA's DSCOVR climate station

Somewhere in Maryland is a metal box containing a fully completed climate spacecraft called the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) that could save the world.

What happened? How could the US government possibly justify killing DSCOVR given the importance of climate change and after over 90% of the project expenses had already been incurred? What role did petty partisan politics play in this? Did the oil lobby have any influence on this decision?

Over the next few months I'm going to dig into the history of DSCOVR, the reasons why it was canceled, and why NASA refuses to release any internal documents on the decision to kill the mission.

Click here to donate to our research project and help find out who killed the DSCOVR project.

NOAA vs. NASA hottest year in the US still officially 1998

No offense to NASA, but as far as maintaining the official US surface temperature records, it's the job of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

And according to the official NOAA records, the 10 hottest years begin with 1998, followed by 2006.

But according to recent histrionics from the climate change denial industry, 1998 is no longer the hottest year in the US, it's 1934.

Hey Newsbusters, show us your science

In very predictable form, Noel Sheppard at the oil-industry-friendly Newsbuster's, takes to task NASA scientist Jim Hansen's rebuttal to the misinformation and media hype around the minor adjustments to NASA's US temperature records.

Sheppard writes: “So, folks like McIntyre, Fred Singer, Richard Lindzen, Tim Ball, Benny Peiser, Robert Carter, Anthony Watts, and all those around the world including myself who are exposing the flaws in the anthropogenic global warming myth are jesters deceiving the public.”

Well, yes, in fact that would be true if you consider that within the context of science, there are those who are actually doing research and publishing their findings in the peer-reviewed literature.

Hansen on Usufruct and Deniers

What we have here is a case of dogged contrarians who present results in ways intended to deceive the public into believing that the changes have greater significance than reality.”

This deceit has a clear purpose: to confuse the public about the status of knowledge of global climate change, thus delaying effective action to mitigate climate change.”

Attached is a very well written response by NASA's Jim Hansen to the contrarian glee over the minor adjustments made to their US temperature data.

Minor Victory or Convenient Spin?

It's not surprising that a quickly acknowledged and corrected discrepancy in temperature recording by NASA was pounced on by the denier camp to further the proof that global warming is a hoax! Unsurprisingly, the reports have been biased and have omitted certain key facts, not the least of which is that the GLOBAL temperature record (it is after all, global warming) remains largely unaffected by the corrected data.

New Republic has published an excellent review of the facts using - wait for it - scientific data!

Desmog TV: time is running out

Here's the latest episode of DeSmog TV. Sorry, all you Emily fans, but this one mainly uses Arctic sea ice satellite imagery courtesy of NASA.

NASA's Griffin apologizes for controversial comments

NASA Administrator, Michael Griffin, is backing away from comments he made last week in a National Public Radio interview. At the time Griffin stated that, ” …a trend of global warming exists, I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with.”

Today the White House appointed Griffin is apologizing to NASA staff saying that,

All I can really do is apologize to all you guys … I feel badly that I caused this amount of controversy over something like this.”

NASA's trouble in the hen house, top scientist slams administrator

The big story today, which we wrote about last night was some outrageous statements made by White House appointed NASA administrator, Michael Griffin.

Today, Jim Hansen, a top NASA scientist is coming back at Griffin hard in an exclusive interview with ABC News. Hansen states:

It's an incredibly arrogant and ignorant statement,” Hansen told ABC News. “It indicates a complete ignorance of understanding the implications of climate change.”

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