Finally someone has the balls to take on the warmists legally. NIWA are being sued.
The country’s state-owned weather and atmospheric research body is being taken to court in a challenge over the accuracy of its data used to calculate global warming.
The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition said it had lodged papers with the High Court asking the court to invalidate the official temperatures record of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa).
The lobby of climate sceptics and ACT Party have long criticised Niwa over its temperature data, which Niwa says is mainstream science and not controversial, and the raw data publicly available.
The coalition said the New Zealand Temperature Records (NZTR) were the historical base of NIWA’s advice to the Government on issues relating to climate change.
Coalition spokesman Bryan Leyland said many scientists believed although the earth had been warming for 150 years, it had not heated as much as Government archives claimed.
He said the New Zealand Meteorological Service had shown no warming during the past century but Niwa had adjusted its records to show a warming trend of 1degC. The warming figure was high and almost 50 percent above the global average, said Mr Leyland.
The coalition said the 1degC warming during the 20th century was based on adjustments taken by Niwa from a 1981 student thesis by then student Jim Salinger, a Niwa employee who was later sacked after talking to the media without permission.
The Salinger thesis was subjective and untested and meteorologists more senior to Dr Salinger did not consider the temperature data should be adjusted, it said.
The coalition would ask the court to find Niwa’s New Zealand Temperature Record invalid.
Perhaps they might like to fit in a couple of questions about the CEO of NIWA and his penchant for parking his Porsche across two car-park spaces. Surely using two spaces and driving such an inefficient vehicle goes against everything NIWA stands for? The 1995 Porsche 911 has a massive carbon footprint of 11 tonnes of CO2 emissions according to www.fueleconomy.gov. That is compared to the deeply uncool, but fuel efficient Toyota Prius at just 3.8 tonnes of CO2 per annum. Never mind the cost of two parking spaces in downtown Auckland just so his precious gas guzzler doesn’t get scratched. Hypocrisy knows no bounds obviously.
If you are going to preach carbon containment then best you drive like you preach.
NIWA CEO's 1995 Porsche parked across two spaces