The report claimed that the ‘pause’ or ‘slowdown’ in global warming
in the period since 1998 – revealed by UN scientists in 2013 – never
existed, and that world temperatures had been rising faster than
scientists expected. Launched by NOAA with a public relations fanfare,
it was splashed across the world’s media, and cited repeatedly by
politicians and policy makers.
But the whistleblower, Dr John
Bates, a top NOAA scientist with an impeccable reputation, has shown The
Mail on Sunday irrefutable evidence that the paper was based on
misleading, ‘unverified’ data.
It was never subjected to NOAA’s rigorous internal evaluation process – which Dr Bates devised.
vehement objections to the publication of the faulty data were
overridden by his NOAA superiors in what he describes as a ‘blatant
attempt to intensify the impact’ of what became known as the Pausebuster
are likely to stiffen President Trump’s determination to enact his
pledges to reverse his predecessor’s ‘green’ policies, and to withdraw
from the Paris deal – so triggering an intense political row.