It turns out that it wasn't NASA, but rather a blogger, who found the shifts in U.S. temperature data since 2000. Here is his site. It also turns out that NASA, when they learned that McIntyre was downloading their data in sequence (which is perfectly legal), blocked his IP to prevent him from taking a look at it. It was only the fact that his site has millions of readers (willing to send a note to NASA) that got his access to this data unblocked.
We have here a very nasty problem; NASA "scientists" are forgetting, evidently, that science is supposed to be reproducible. Refusing to share data in science meant for public consumption is more or less a concession that you're not doing science.
Worse, remember my earlier post about the "heat island" effect and global warming effects? Well, McIntyre and others have a decent estimate of the percentage of weather monitoring stations corrupted by this; 75% showed a jump in the year 2000. It is believed that our country does better than most others at monitoring weather and climate, so it would seem to follow that global climate estimates are even less reliable.
Remember this the next time someone tells you that global warming is "settled science," and remind them of this when they try to argue "consensus" to prove it.
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