Inspired by Dr. Michael E. Mann, climatologist at Pennslyvania State University, from Page 72 of his 2012 book, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars.
In his book, Dr. Mann was referring to a main agrument of Anythony Watts, the founder of the climate change dismissive website, "Watts Up with That?". Watts promotes the idea that poorly located temperature reading stations, especially in cities, hopelessly compromise any substanial record of warming temperatures over the past century in the United States.
However, Dr. Mann points out that scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) responded by calculating the urban and rural temperature readings themselves. The NOAA scientists produced versions of the continential U.S. average temperature curve both with and without the temperature records Watts questioned.
The result: It was difficult to distinguish the "with" and "without" versions within the thickness of the new graph plot curves. Eliminating Watt's "suspect data" made no difference at all. Even more suprising, a small bias was found in the opposite direction. The "corrected" record showed slightly more warming.
Another case where the skepticism actually strengthened the science of climate change.
Just as silly: 'hyping real or imagined errors that make no difference to any significant scientific conclusion.' - Dr. Michael E. Mann