Thanks to Fred Stanback for the following article.
A recent Rasmussen poll suggests that an alarming number of Americans believe scientists have falsified their data to sell global warming to the public. Add this to some embarrassing comments made in the e-mails stolen from the Climatic Research Unit at East Anglia University in England, and it has been a long, hot autumn for climate scientists.
Why is there so much confusion about whether the planet is warming? We believe a big part of the problem centers on the use of earth surface temperature data as a direct measure of warming. Where do you stick the thermometer? What matters most: Daytime highs? Nighttime lows? Summer or winter temperatures? Trying to determine whether the planet is warming in this fashion seems fraught with peril.
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