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Satellite-gate

I periodically read about how wonderful and accurate the satellite data we get is compared to any other data.  I get the impression that many both sides of the global warming fence like the satellite data a lot. After reading this morning’s paper, I have to question that thought.

The photo is today’s headline from the front page of my local Sunday newspaper the Valley Times. Per the article, it seems we have problems with data coming from current satellites in orbit and we’ll have more problems with ones we haven’t even launched yet. Someone’s made a giant faux pas to say the least. Talk about “Houston, we have a problem” this is it.

These new satellites, if allowed to go “as is,” are tremendously handicapped. Sending them up in this condition could be likened to sending Ray Charles, or Stevie Wonder or Helen Keller into outer space to see what’s going on . To quote someone it’s called “read my lips, ain’t gonna happen.”

I about spit my coffee out when I opened up the paper and saw that this morning. Absolute astonishment is to say the least what my reaction was.

This is an extremely good article coming from a local newspaper and kudos to the author. This article is what I’d refer to as a “doozy.”

You can read the whole article by Susan Bohan here. I’d strongly suggest you do regardless if you’re a “warmer” or a “skeptic.” It is one of those very few things that both sides should agree is appalling. Why?

The way these satellites are being handicapped greatly reduces the ability to either side to prove or disprove global warming. This could be the bonifides required to end the argument one way or the other so we can all get on with our business of worrying about what to do to  or not about global warming. If disproved it would allow us to get on about the business, such as reducing pollution, providing more potable water and sanitary facilities for 3rd world countries, etc.

To summarize what left me with my mouth hanging open…..

  • The NPOESS (National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite)will not have any sensors that measure the sun’s energy output on the 2nd and 4th satellites.
  • The GOES-R (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series) has had 14 sensors cancelled. No data for cloud base height, ozone layer, ocean color, ocean turbidity and cloud imagery, snow cover, etc. Effectively neutered.
  • Landsat 7 (currently in orbit) is broken leaving data gaps. Scientists do not get all the information they should.
  • No sensor for movement of greenhouse gases and pollutants.
  • No sensor to monitor temperature changes on Earth over time.
  • They’re blaming who else but George W. Bush.
  • But per the article NOAA and DOD failed to try to get the funding to keep the eliminated sensors.
  • The sensor to measure how Earth’s temperature reacts to changes in Solar energy was cancelled by the Obama Administration at the end of June 2011.

Not having these satellites fully armed to collect all the proper data to help us understand what is happening with Earth’s weather, environment and the effect the Sun has on it, is what I would at a minimum, term gross negligence.

Regardless whether you believe in global warming or not, we should in this day and age be able to have the proper equipment orbiting the Earth. But no, we spend billions on handicapped satellites, which makes no sense whatsoever.

That the United Nations, most governments of the world, and all those involved in carbon trading schemes are salivating at the thought of taxing the snot out of all of us, redistributing wealth from rich to poor countries, making billions on carbon trading schemes, and having a one-world order fired up where we’ll all do the United Nations bidding just makes me more suspicious about sending up one-armed satellites.

That, in turn, makes me wonder if this was done as claimed for budgetary reasons? Is it pure stupidity? Or, is this a deliberate attempt to keep a shroud of secrecy around the fact that there isn’t any anthropogenic global warming?

What better way to keep those who genuflect at the altar of the Church of Global Warming continuing to “believe” in the gospel of the “Goracle” and permit them to levy carbon taxes. It’s classic religion! No one gets to see what’s on the other side, no factual information is put forth, we’re just supposed to believe and have faith that those running the Church of Global Warming say. Sorry Al, but you don’t even be close to being up on the pedestal with GOD, the Pope, Jesus, Buddha, Allah, et al.

It might be that someone is very afraid that if we start getting real accurate satellite data that it’s going to bust the AGW religious business and carbon trading schemes worldwide. I can’t see any other reason for eliminating the ability of these satellites to collect certain forms of data. If they believe global warming is true, one would think that they’d ensure these satellites would have every sensor known to man, plus a few more, so they could prove their point beyond a shadow of a doubt.

To add to my suspicions, it appears no one’s put up much of a fuss about this space  travesty either. Where’s Al Gore, James Hansen, Pachauri, et al? They seem stunningly silent about this, especially for such a group of true believers who are constantly contributing to the AGW din. It also seems interesting that Obama just recently eliminated one sensor they seem to have forgotten about with a seeming wave of the hand. Suspicious too, isn’t it?

A mere case of government stupidity? Budget problems? Or, a conspiracy? If the latter, I’d doubt anyone would be able to prove anything unless someone of enormous stature and involvement decided to blow the whistle or some evidence on the order of climategate is found. What’s going on sure makes me wonder about it though.

Either way it’s more CO2 Insanity.

Source: Valley Times/Contra Costa Times/Bay Area News Group

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