More exonerations for Climategate researchers

Yet another report says Michael E Mann is cleared of any wrongdoing related to his climate research.

An investigative panel at Pennsylvania State University, weighing the question of whether the scientist, Michael E. Mann, had “seriously deviated from accepted practices within the academic community for proposing, conducting or reporting research or other scholarly activities,” declared that he had not.

This is the second report from Penn St. clearing him and joins two others in Britain clearing related researchers.


Global Temperatures

I graphed some data from the Earth Policy Institute. This chart is from data in the table Global Average Temperature 1880-2008. I think the data shows a long term trend of increasing temperatures across the globe:
However, when you hear someone say there’s been a decline over the past 10 years, they are being truthful but misleading. Here is the data they are looking at (1998-2008) which certainly looks like a decline:
This graph uses the same data but 1998 happens to be one of the warmest years on record. Those 10 years are the last two peaks in the 130 year graph.

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A new car?

Maybe I can finally buy a new car?:

The Schumer-Israel approach would provide vouchers worth up to $4,000 to drivers who turn in an older car that gets 18 miles per gallon or worse and buys a new or used car that exceeds the corporate average fuel economy for vehicles in its class by 25 percent. Taken together, these two requirements guarantee considerable oil savings and significant reductions in carbon dioxide.