Please! Krugman? Really? This guy wouldn't know a "REAL" fact if someone slapped him in the face with it.
FACT: The Data used to in Al Gore's movie AND used by scientists around the world is inaccurate...
Please look at the link: http://gallery.surfacestations.org/main.php
This link shows photographic proof of the locations of most, if not all the surface temperature monitoring stations around the USA. Why don't you look up the one in Tucson, AZ. I lived in Tucson for 14 yrs. I know where this station is, I've seen it before I knew what it was.
Let me ask you: How accurate is it to monitor ambient air temperatures in the middle of an asphalt parking lot in one of the hottest cities in the nation? Or maybe the one in the middle of an industrial complex in Mesa, AZ.. Or the other one within 1000 ft of an electric substation in one state, or the one on the side of a building in another, or the station about a barbeque in a residential back yard....
Or maybe the fact that the scientists you agree with have come out and said they falsified, hid or misreported data pertaining to global warming???
Or maybe you should look a little deeper when you realize the "data" reported to the National Climatic Data Center is SOOO skewed it is unusable. The "data" is reported on paper forms, much the same way it was done when this agency started in 1892!!! I have a minor degree in statistical analysis, and used to crunch numbers for the U.S. Air Force. If I ever used such shoddy analysis techniques, I would have lost my job in a day!
Here's an except from the news artice I posted below:
"Requirements aren't very strict for volunteers: They need a modicum of training and decent vision in at least one eye to qualify. And they're expected to take measurements seven days a week, 365 days a year.
That's a recipe for trouble, says Watts, who told FoxNews.com that less scrupulous members of the network often fail to collect the data when they go on vacation or are sick. He said one volunteer filled in missing data with local weather reports from the newspapers that stacked up while he was out of town."
Does this sound accurate? Is this the type of data we should use to make policies that could effect the entire world? Untill this data can be substantiated, I will be suspect of it...