First, we had Lemieux's hit on Draper during the 1996 Stanley Cup playoffs (beautifully avenged by McCarty the following March!).
Now, we have continuing drivel from some Colorado-based global warming nuts attempting to explain that inaccurate data about Arctic sea ice really isn't that big a deal. It seems that something called "sensor drift" caused "scientists" to underestimate the extent of Arctic sea ice -- a key factor in global warming alarmism -- by 193,000 square miles, an area the size of California!
You would think this would cause some rethinking. On the contrary, these geniuses are well aware their data is inaccurate:
The [National Snow and Ice Data Center] uses Department of Defense satellites to obtain its Arctic sea ice data rather than more accurate National Aeronautics and Space Administration equipment. That’s because the defense satellites have a longer period of historical data, enabling scientists to draw conclusions about long-term ice melt, the center said. "There is a balance between being as accurate as possible at any given moment and being as consistent as possible through long time-periods," NSIDC said.
So, they forego being accurate in order to be consistently wrong. That's what passes for science these days, I guess.
By the way, the NSIDC is not a government agency. According to its own website:
The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Here's how the CIRES describes itself:
CIRES is committed to identifying and pursuing innovative research in Earth System Science and fostering public awareness of these processes to ensure a sustainable future environment.
Loosely translated, CIRES is going to chicken-little all of us until we support some kind of radical environmental agenda, and NSIDC is part of that. What really matters is influencing public policy, not accuracy or fidelity to the scientific method.
Think I'm overstating it? Get this -- in a story linked on its website, CIRES reports on a "pioneering study" that shows "changes in surface temperature, rainfall, and sea level are largely irreversible for more than 1,000 years after carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are completely stopped." So, even if we stopped all CO2 emissions completely (which we cannot do as long as there are plants and we are breathing), the alleged climate changes are IRREVERSIBLE FOR MORE THAN 1,000 YEARS!
Even if you believe the CO2-global warming connection (which I don't) and that these climate models are accurate (which they're not), nothing we are being forced to do will make one bit of difference! So why are we trying to destroy our economy and force me to cram myself into a subcompact electric roller skate when it won't help!?
Cut it out, Colorado! If you don't, we'll do to your global warming kooks what McCarty did to Lemieux, and the people will cheer uncontrollably!