Raw CO2 Satellite Data Environmentalist Nuts Don’t Want You To See

In July 2014, NASA, one of our most valiant crusaders for climate change/global warming/we are killing the planet messaging, launched a brand-spanking new satellite that was supposed to tell us in real time just how much of the dreaded “greenhouse gas” carbon dioxide (CO2) was in the atmosphere.  Not just how much was there, but how much was the result of human behavior.  The “Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2” (the first one blew up during its launch into space) takes 233 orbits and 16 days to come up with data points.

According to the climate skeptics, the deniers, the people that the “scientists” now being exposed as sinks for federal grant money think need to be prosecuted for crimes against humanity, NASA has been worse than stingy in releasing the data gathered by the satellite in some sort of useful form.  All the data is available in tables, adjusted, of course, via non-commercial software, but really, who has the time to read through all of that and download all the programs?

Well, a guest blogger (Erik Swenson) over at Watts Up With That, a rather wonky climate denier site, took the time to compile the information available, “adjusted” as it may be, and put it in some easily digestible images.  (He also explained in plain English how the satellite works which is worth a read.)

This is the first of his images that plots the data against the data NASA actually used for  its own rather non-telling image release last fall.  For whatever reason, CO2 data from the satellite is not available at the poles.  This is October 1, 2014 through November 11, 2014. CO2 data Oct 1 Nov 11 2014

November 16, 2014 through December 31, 2014

CO2 data Nov 16 Dec 31 2015

January 1, 2015 – February 15, 2015

CO2 data Jan 1 Feb 15 2015

February 16, 2015 through March 31, 2015

CO2 data Feb 16 Mar 31 2015

April 1, 2015 through May 15, 2015

CO2 data Apr 1 May 15 2015

May 16, 2015 through June 30, 2015

CO2 data May 16 Jun 30 2015

July 1, 2015 through August 15, 2015

CO2 data Jul 1 Aug 15 2015

August 16, 2015 through September 12, 2015

CO2 data Aug 16 Sep 12 2015

With a few weeks to go in the year, is it just me or does it look like atmospheric carbon dioxide has a naturally occurring cycle?  Call this writer – a non-scientist who DID take college level chemistry and physics once upon a time – crazy, but, uh, it really looks like carbon dioxide builds up and then dissipates depending on the season.  Why this is so is another question – and why one of the biggest swing spots on the planet is the Sahara Desert is yet another.  Not only that, the swings in levels of the compound are TINY.  Like, if we weren’t talking about climate, they wouldn’t be an issue.

This data could well be why NASA puts out images that look like this rather than being forthcoming about what the satellite is picking up:

CO2 NASA image

Erik Swenson did all of us a favor by wading through the data that is as raw as NASA will allow out to put together the images above.  And NASA didn’t make it easy.  It’s not like this is downloadable Excel files.  No it’s all clumped together in a non-commercial format.  The general public, really, doesn’t have access to this information.

For a REALLY great discussion thread, visit Watts Up With That for the climate skeptics and deniers take on Swenson’s effort.

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A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.