Remember the video in which John Holdren claimed that the polar vortex is a pattern that we expect to see more frequent because of Global Warming? Seems that the Competitive Enterprise Institure (CEI) submitted a request for correction under the Data Quality Act stating that there was no evidence for his claim that:
A growing body of evidence suggests that the kind of extreme cold being experienced by much of the United States as we speak is a pattern that we can expect to see with increasing frequency as global warming continues”
The Quality Act guidelines require to correct any published information that does not meet “basic standards of quality, including objectivity, utility, and integrity”. CEI requested that the Whitehouse Office of Science and Technology Policy takes down the “The Polar Vortex Explained in 2 Minutes”-video and removing the unsubstantiated claim that more cold weather is coming because of global warming or that the extreme cold experienced by much of the United States this winter is a pattern that we can expect to see with increasing frequency as global warming continues.
They quoted several scientists that didn’t agree with this claim and also three studies since September that dispute the global warming/polar vortex connection. Since their request was made, one other study (Ballinger, Kent State University) found that this vortex wasn’t historically unusual. Ballinger examined the polar vortex behavior across North America since 1948 and found that the 2014 polar vortex excursion into the lower 48 ranked 6th in southerly extent and 7th in total area.
This is something that I would expect. Already in the 1970s the polar vortex was used as an explanation for the New Ice Age scare.
A couple days ago they received an answer to this request. Holdren still firmly stands by his claim. More, he was simply expressing his “personal opinion” and “expert judgment” rather than any “comprehensive review of the scientific literature”, therefore not subject to the Data Quality Act.
Hey, that sounds familiar. That’s is exactly what the global warming scare is about. A lot of scary claims are sent to the public, but when examining it more closely it is nothing more than a “personal opinion”.
Of course the video was not a comprehensive review of the scientific literature. It wasn’t even about science. It was a political message. Promoting a weather event to climate. Keeping the scare alive in the view of the raising doubts against the global warming theory.
If you think about it. Three, now four papers that dispute Holdren’s claim. That seems more like “a growing body of evidence” that “suggests” that there is no connection.
At least that is my personal opinion. 😉