Pat Michaels is notorious for lying about the predictions that James Hansen made in testimony before Congress in 1988. In his paper Hansen showed the results of three possible scenarios, but in his testimony before congress Hansen
only showed emphasised the results of the most likely one, scenario B. As the graph here shows, scenario B turned out to be a very good prediction. However, in 1998 Michaels published a blatant lie about Hansen, erasing B and C and claiming that scenario A was his prediction.
Believe it or not, Michaels is
doing it again
[Hansen] distorted in front of the U.S. Congress.
On June 23, 1988, the first day of summer, with the corn belt baking in drought and civil war relics being uncovered in the piddling Potomac, he presented a graph of global annual temperatures for the last 100 years and included the January-May, 1988 readings on the same chart.
He went on to say that 1988 would be the warmest year on record unless there was a “remarkable and improbable” cooling during the rest of the year. In reality, 1988 did not set the record.
The graph below shows the GISS global average temperature record. I’ve added a horizontal line through the 1988 value.
Not only did 1988 set the record, you get an idea of how much warming we have experienced since then since it’s been a decade since we’ve had a year that wasn’t warmer than the record-setting 1988.
In order to insult the intelligence of his readers further, Michaels trots out the Schneider quote and pretends that Schneider is advocating dishonesty. Schneider isn’t, of course, as John Quiggin explains here.