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Top Climate Scientists Speak Out About The SatelliteGate Scandal

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August 17, 2010: John O’Sullivan / Canada Free Press – August 16, 2010

US Government admits global warming satellite sensors are “degraded” – temperatures may be out by 10-15 degrees. Now five satellites are in controversy.

Top scientists speak out, in an escalating row now being dubbed ‘Satellitegate’ as further evidence proves that NOAA knew of these faults for years.

Both world renowned top climate scientists and even prior released governmental reports now cite underfunding and misallocation as the trigger for spiraling satellite data calamities. Key flaws with five satellites undermines all global data.

Most disturbing of all is that it took publication of my article last week to persuade the authorities to withdraw the errant NOAA-16 satellite from service. But as Dr. John Christy indicates, the real Satellitegate is not about one satellite. The scandal is endemic with comparable flaws across the entire network; the scandal is also that it took a tip-off from a member of the public and the widespread broadcast of my article before one of the offending junk boxes, NOAA-16, got taken down. Readers who missed the details when this sensational story first broke can see here at

NOAA’s chief Program Administrator, Chuck Pistis, at first disingenuously tried to discredit my report and whitewash the matter with disinformation. Indeed, we may have a smoking gun of a cover up when we contrast and compare latest announcements with the offending satellite’s AVHRR Subsystem Summary.

The official summary shows no report of any ‘sensor degradation’ since its launch in September 2000. Yet on the advice of top climate scientists, I’m reliably informed that such failures were made known to NOAA years ago. Nonetheless, the U.S. agency continued to sell its flawed data products to numerous international institutions without making it public that satellite sensors were “degraded” and unreliable for assessing climate change.

NOAA-16 had been commissioned as a polar-orbiting satellite featuring AMSU, AVHRR and High Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder (HIRS) measuring instrumentation which were discovered by a member of the public last week to have suffered catastrophic failure. Dr John Christy drew my attention to specific concomitant flaws he had uncovered and reported with the AMSU years ago.

NOAA In Fear Of Rush Of International Lawsuits?

The snuffed out satellite had been run continuously up until being taken offline soon after my article went viral (August 10, 2010) in which I exposed the full extent of how seriously degraded it’s sensors were. The automatic readings had been contaminated by hundreds, if not thousands, of false and absurdly high temperature readings, some as high as 612 degrees Fahrenheit (boiling point of water is 212 F.). We now know NOAA was aware of these outrageous anomalies at least since 2006 but they were not remedied (see below).

Worryingly, as to how many of its users (mostly international meteorologists and climate researchers) were affected has not been revealed by NOAA. But we know the automated numbers were sold throughout the world and it’s readings of land and ocean temperatures have been used by climate scientists in their models since the satellite’s launch in September 2000. As a consequence and without full disclosure by NOAA, it is feared innumerable scientific studies about rising global temperatures are now rendered entirely invalid.

It is open to speculation whether NOAA may have been hesitant to admit to long standing faults for fear of a rash of lawsuits from its customers, mainly national governments and university research institutes. Based on such data most scientists agree that our planet may have warmed by 0.6 degrees Centigrade during the 20th century (with a margin of error of 0.5C degrees – but this error margin now looks way off).

From analysis of the bogus online temperature data before NOAA removed it from view, it may be determined that almost all the false temperature readings were far in excess of expected averages – many by a factor of four or five – almost none of the bogus temperatures were lower than average.

US Government Foresaw Satelligate Failures Mounting

But it wasn’t just a handful of skeptical climatologists sounding the alarm. The National Academy of Sciences, in its 2007 455-page report concluded that because of degradation in the U.S. satellite network, the country’s ability to monitor the climate and severe weather was “at great risk.”

By coincidence, in the same week my article led to the shut down of NOAA-16, Susan Bohan published her excellent article here in which she exposes the broader systemic failures in the wider satellite network. Among the calamities Bohan reported, “the satellite, Landsat 7, is broken. And it’s emblematic of the nation’s battered satellite environmental monitoring program.”

The term ‘satelligate’ was coined by the blog after it diligently picked up on the piece.

At Least Five Climate Measuring Satellites Compromised

Crucially, Bohan’s article wasn’t based on any so-called unsubstantiated ‘big oil’ funded skeptic disinformation plot, a dying urban myth anyway, but on a US Government Accountability Office report (GAO). GAO concedes that nine new climate instruments on the latest generation of satellites were canceled or their capabilities scaled back in 2006. GAO is the investigative arm of the U.S. Congress.

As a consequence at least five such satellite programs have been identified as being either degraded or seriously compromised:

  • Landsat 7 (currently in orbit) is broken leaving data gaps. Scientists do not get all the information they should.
  • NPOESS (National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite) will not have any sensors that measure the sun’s energy output on the 2nd and 4th satellites.
  • GOES-R (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R Series) has had 14 sensors cancelled. No data for cloud base height, ozone layer, ocean color, ocean turbidity and cloud imagery, snow cover, etc. Effectively neutered.
  • No sensor for movement of greenhouse gases and pollutants. No sensor to monitor temperature changes on Earth over time. (NOAA didn’t even bother to try to get the funding to keep the eliminated sensors!).
  • The sensor to measure how Earth’s temperature reacts to changes in Solar energy was cancelled by the Obama Administration at the end of June 2010.

Perhaps its no accident that the current head of NOAA, Dr. Jane Lubchenco and hand picked by President Barack Obama, declared that her agency would play its role in developing a green economy.

Thus, despite the US Government spending in excess of $80 billion in climate research, a failure to allocate sufficient funds to the satellite program has now resulted in serious damage to the credibility of the entire data set (note: the cost of a typical NOAA satellite is around $11 million and the network recoups the US government millions by selling data worldwide).

Evidence From Climate Experts Points To Conspiracy To Deceive

Dr. Roy Spencer commented, “Obviously, whatever happened to NOAA-16 AVHRR (or the software) introduced HUGE errors. We always had trouble with NOAA-16 AMSU, and dropped it long ago. It had calibration drifts that made it unsuitable for climate monitoring.”

Dr. Christy particularly addressed faults exclusively with the AMSU instrumentation and not problems with the AVHRR system. He advised me, “We spent a lot of time in 2006 trying to deal with the issues of NOAA-16, but the errors were so erratic, we ended up eliminating it as one of the backbones of our dataset.”

As many such analysts have long been advising, these failures go way beyond the shockingly absurd numbers of 604 degrees recorded at Egg harbor, Wisconsin.

Dr. Timothy Ball, climate consultant to the military and lead author of a new book debunking the greenhouse gas theory observes, “At best the entire incident indicates gross incompetence, at worst it indicates a deliberate attempt to create a temperature record that suits the political message of the day.”

Mainstream Media Turn Blind Eye To Another ‘Gate’ Scandal

In 2006 Christy and Spencer had sought to complete a technical analysis on NOAA-16’s AMSU, but Christy reveals that it, “was very tedious and we chased a lot of rabbits that turned out to be dead ends.”

Such appalling facts just don’t appear in the ‘on message’ mainstream media and all the while researchers have been struggling in vain to keep pace with the ever-increasing numbers gap due to ongoing sensor degradation. For example, each month Dr. Christy works with Dr. Spencer trying to piece together the faltering patchwork of global temperature datasets given by a total of eleven instruments flying on eleven different satellites since 1979.

Over such a long time period it has been suggested that cosmic rays or particle impacts may be deteriorating the highly sensitive instrumentation on board the crafts. Spencer publishes his findings on his blog while a fuller assessment of the satellite problems found by Dr. Christy is found here.

Will Systemic Measuring Failures Cost Even More Lives?

Respected internationally for his world leading weather forecasts, Piers Corbyn, of is another expert lamenting the scandalous failures in the satellite network.

Piers thundered on the Climate Realists blog, “This revelation further confirms something I and Tom Harris said on Russia Today TV Feb (5th) 2010 namely that WE JUST DO NOT reliably KNOW what world temperatures are and have been doing over the last decade or century.”

Corbyn had correctly forecast this summer’s West Russia heatwave and a general increase in VERY extreme events (evidenced by Pakistan & China’s horrendous floods and “super cold” in parts of the Southern hemisphere) weeks and months in advance.

A Growing List Of Global Warming Satellite Measuring Failures

Satelligate points to yet another infuriating government cover up of fudged global warming numbers. Despite the clamor for years from scientists from all sides of the global warming debate for more transparency and better access to such data, zealous gatekeepers within NASA and Britain’s CRU have refused such requests and unlawfully defied Freedom of Information (FOIA) demands.

As indicated on WattsUpWithThat such errors and deficiencies along with plain old-fashioned data fraud have long been swept under the carpet with ever more lives put at risk. Indeed, public confidence in the reliability of official warnings of apocalyptic doom from purveyors of NOAA’s trumpeted fake data has been met with increasing cynicism. A growing number of taxpayers are voicing opposition to the zealous rush towards crippling tax hikes dismantling first world standards of living without first having ascertained the proper facts.

Questions NOAA Refuses To Answer

In light of concerns that NOAA has officially admitted to only withdrawing “images” from its archives without confirming all bogus data has also been dumped, I posed the following and yet unanswered questions to NOAA’s Dr. Jane Lubchenco:

  • What steps have you taken to ascertain the scope and extent of this data error and what action will be taken to avoid further recurrence?
  • Have you identified whether these temperature anomalies impact other data sets and findings; in particular does this undermine in any way the credibility of official government statements already made about climatic changes, and if so by how much?

Until Lubchenco comes clean, I fear we may be witnessing another ‘Phil Jones’ in the making. For without full transparency and frank answers, then the endless media hype about the dangers from the so-called ‘greenhouse gas theory’ remains just that—hype.

The Great Global Warming Swindle

Global Warming Or Global Governance?

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: I mentioned these newest revelations of the man-made global warming scam to a co-worker. One young lady who over heard our conversation literally said in disgust (exasperation?), “I don’t want to hear about this!” I should add that she also worked on the Obama campaign for President here in Chicago. The truth is a mighty hammer when you’re the nail living a lie being hammered into reality! – SJH 

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Satellite Failure Means Decade Of ‘Global Warming’ Data Doubtful

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August 16, 2010: John O’Sullivan / – August 11, 2010

US Government and NOAA admits that their satellite temperature readings are “degraded.” All data has now been taken offline in a shocking move to remove the evidence. They admit that “global warming” temperatures may be 10 to 15 degrees too high.

The fault was first detected after a tip off from an anonymous member of the public to climate skeptic blog, Climate Change Fraud (view original article) (August 9, 2010).

Caught in the center of the controversy is the beleaguered taxpayer funded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA’s Program Coordinator, Chuck Pistis has now confirmed that the fast spreading story on the respected climate skeptic blog is true.

However, NOAA spokesman, Program Coordinator, Chuck Pistis declined to state how long the fault might have gone undetected. Nor would the shaken spokesman engage in speculation as to the damage done to the credibility of a decade’s worth of temperature readings taken from the problematic ‘NOAA-16’ satellite.

‘NOAA-16’ was launched in September 2000, and is currently operational, in a sun-synchronous orbit, 849 km above the Earth, orbiting every 102 minutes providing automated data feed of surface temperatures which are fed into climate computer models. NOAA has reported a succession of record warm temperatures in recent years based on such satellite readings but these may now all be undermined.

World-renowned Canadian climatologist, Dr. Timothy Ball, after casting his expert eye over the shocking findings concluded, “At best the entire incident indicates gross incompetence, at worst it indicates a deliberate attempt to create a temperature record that suits the political message of the day.”

Great Lakes Sees Unphysical Wild Temperature Fluctuations

Great Lakes users of the satellite service were the first to blow the whistle on the wildly distorted readings that showed a multitude of impossibly high temperatures. NOAA admits that the machine-generated readings are not continuously monitored so that absurdly high false temperatures could have become hidden amidst the bulk of automated readings.

In one example swiftly taken down by NOAA after my first article, readings for June and July 2010 for Lake Michigan showed crazy temperatures off the scale ranging in the low to mid hundreds – with some parts of the Wisconsin area apparently reaching 612 F. With an increasing number of further errors now coming to light the discredited NOAA removed the entire set from public view. But just removing them from sight is not the same as addressing the implications of this gross statistical debacle.

NOAA Whitewash Fails In One Day

NOAA’s Chuck Pistis went into whitewash mode on first hearing the story about the worst affected location, Egg Harbor, set by his instruments onto fast boil. On Tuesday morning Pistis loftily declared, “I looked in the archives and I find no image with that time stamp. Also we don’t typically post completely cloudy images at all, let alone with temperatures. This image appears to be manufactured for someone’s entertainment.”

But later that day Chuck and his calamitous colleagues now with egg on their faces, threw in the towel and owned up to the almighty gaffe. Pistis conceded, “I just relooked and (sic) the image again AND IT IS in my archive. I do not know why the temperatures were so inaccurate (sic). It appears to have been a malfunction in the satellite. WE have posted thousands if (sic) images since the inauguration of our Coatwatch (sic) service in 1994. I have never seen one like this.”

But the spokesman for the Michigan Sea Grant Extension, a ‘Coastwatch’ partner with NOAA screening the offending data, then confessed that its hastily hidden web pages had, indeed, showed dozens of temperature recordings three or four times higher than seasonal norms. NOAA declined to make any comment as to whether such a glitch could have ramped up the averages for the entire northeastern United States by an average of 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit by going undetected over a longer time scale.

Somewhat more contritely NOAA’s Pistis later went into damage limitation mode to offer his excuses, “We need to do a better job screening what is placed in the archive or posted. Coastwatch is completely automated so you can see how something like this could slip through.”

In his statement Pistis agreed NOAA’s satellite readings were “degraded” and the administration will have to “look more into this.” Indeed, visitors to the Michigan Sea Grant site now see the following official message:

“NOTICE: Due to degradation of a satellite sensor used by this mapping product, some images have exhibited extreme high and low surface temperatures. “Please disregard these images as anomalies. Future images will not include data from the degraded satellite and images caused by the faulty satellite sensor will be/have been removed from the image archive.”

Blame The Clouds, Not Us Says NOAA

NOAA further explained that cloud cover could affect the satellite data making the readings prone to error. But Pistis failed to explain how much cloud is significant or at what point the readings become unusable for climatic modeling purposes.

As one disgruntled observer noted, “What about hazy days? What about days with light cloud cover? What about days with partial cloud cover? Even on hot clear days, evaporation leads to a substantial amount of water vapor in the atmosphere, particularly above a body of water. How can this satellite data be even slightly useful if it cannot “see” through clouds?”

Top Climatologist Condemns Lack Of Due Diligence

The serious implications of these findings was not lost on Dr. Ball who responded that such government numbers with unusually high or low ranges have been exploited for political purposes and are already in the record and have been used in stories across the mainstream media, which is a widely recognized goal.

The climatologist who advises the military on climate matters lamented such faulty data sets, “invariably remain unadjusted. The failure to provide evidence of how often cloud top temperatures “very nearly” are the same as the water temperatures, is unacceptable. If the accuracy of the data is questionable it should not be used. I would suggest it is rare given my knowledge of inversions, especially over water.“

How Many Other Weather Satellites Are Also ‘Degraded’?

A key issue the government administration declined to address was how many other satellites may also be degrading. ‘NOAA-16’ is not an old satellite – so why does it take a member of the public to uncover such gross failings?

Climate professor, Tim Ball, pointed out that he’s seen these systemic failures before and warns that the public should not expect to see any retraction or an end to the doom-saying climate forecasts: “when McIntyre caught Hansen and NASA GISS with the wrong data in the US I never saw any adjustments to the world data that changes to the US record would create. The US record dominates the record, especially of the critical middle latitudes, and to change it so that it goes from having nine of the warmest years in the 1990s to four of them being in the 1930s, is a very significant change and must influence global averages.”

Each day that passes sees fresh discoveries of gross errors and omissions. One astute commenter on noted, “it is generally understood that water heats up more slowly than land, and cools off more slowly. However, within the NOAA numbers we have identified at least two sets of data that run contrary to this known physical effect.

The canny commenter added, “two data points in question are at Charlevoix, where the temperature is listed at 43.5 degrees – while temperature nearby (+/- 30 miles) is 59.2 degrees; and in the bay on the east side of the peninsula from Leland is listed at 37.2 degrees. These are supposedly taken at 18:38 EDT (19:38 Central, or 7:38PM). These are both taken in areas that appear to be breaks in the cloud cover.

With NOAA’s failure to make further concise public statements on this sensational story it is left to public speculation and ‘citizen scientists’ to ascertain whether ten years or more of temperature data sets from satellites such as NOAA-16 are unreliable and worthless.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: The more likely scenario here is that the data spikes in temperature were deliberately inserted for short periods of time (5-10 hour periods) in order to disguise and thus camoflauge the anomolous data amid years of accumulated satellite readings. Once again, the government scandals and scientific fraud being continuously exposed is indicative of the criminal element that is so obviously pervasive throughout our tax payer funded governments, organizations and institutions. The truth always prevails when the people question everything and trust nothing at face value… Seek the truth! – SJH   

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U.S. Government Involved In New Massive Global Warming Scandal

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August 13, 2010: John O’Sullivan / Climate Change – August 9, 2010

Global warming data apparently cooked by U.S. government-funded body shows astounding temperature fraud with increases averaging 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

The tax-payer funded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has become mired in a fresh global warming data scandal involving numbers for the Great Lakes region that substantially ramp up averages.

The beleaguered federal agency now appears to be implicated in the most blatant and extreme case of climate data fraud yet seen.

Official records have been confirmed as evidence that a handful of temperature records for the Great Lakes region have been hiked up by literally hundreds of degrees to substantially inflate the average temperature range for the northeastern United States. The web pages at the center of this latest climate storm were created by NOAA in partnership with Michigan State University.

Disgraced Administration Mired In Another Climategate-Style Data Fix

Someone under the pseudonym ‘Sportsmen’ anonymously tipped off skeptic blog, Independent analysts affirm the web pages as genuine. In his email the faceless whistleblower explains that what precipitated the scoop was “a rather dubious report in the media that the Great Lakes temperatures have risen 10 to 15 degrees, I found it was downright laughable.” (Just a few examples of media hysteria here and here and here and here)

He continues, “Prior to this report I would frequent the ‘Coastal Watch’ temperature maps for northern Lake Michigan.  When this report came out it dawned on me that the numbers didn’t match what I had been reading on the Coastal Watch temperature page.” Under a scheme called ‘Sea Grant,’ NOAA collaborates with national universities to compile an official federal temperature record. In this instance, the partnersip is with Michigan State University’s ‘Coastal Watch.’

Together the two institutions show temperature maps for northern Lake Michigan registering an absurd 430 degrees Fahrenheit – yes, you read it right – that’s four hundred and thirty degrees, and this is by no means the highest temperature recorded on the charts. In the heated debate about Earth’s ever-changing climate you certainly don’t need to be a scientist to figure out that the Great Lakes would have boiled away at a mere 212 degrees, so something has seriously gone awry inside this well-funded program.

In addition to its civilian employees, NOAA research and operations are supported by 300 uniformed service members who make up the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps. But don’t bet on anyone being court-marshalled over this latest global warming fiasco. Paid for entirely from federal taxes, the shamed public body’s key responsibilities include warning of dangerous weather and protection of ocean and coastal resources, and conducts research to improve understanding and stewardship of the environment.

Michigan State University Also Complicit In Fraud?

The worst evidence of hyper-inflated global warming data is on a web page entitled, ‘Michigan State University Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services.’

Another web page identifies that Michigan State University’s ‘Coastal Watch’ site is officially connected to NOAA, thus implicating both institutions in a climate data conspiracy. At the bottom of the web page mention is made of ‘Sea Grant’ that is described as a “unique partnership of public and private sectors that combines research, education and technology transfer for public service.” The legend further boasts that such data is shared across “a national network of universities meeting the changing environmental and economic needs of Americans in coastal ocean and Great Lakes regions.”

NOAA Makes It White Hot In Wisconsin

But our intrepid anonymous whistleblower wasn’t done yet. He pointed out that Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, really got cooking this July 4 [2010] around 9:59 AM, according to NOAA and Coast Watch. It was there, at the bottom left row of the temperature data points, that the records reveal on that day a phenomenally furnace-like 600 degrees Fahrenheit. (Click here if CoastWatch link does not work or disappears)

Further analysis of the web pages shows that the incredibly wide temperature swings were occurring in remarkably short 10-hour periods, and sometimes in less than 5 hours. Strangely, none of the 250 citizens of the 78 families living in the village appeared to notice this apocalyptic heatwave during their holiday festivities.

Hidden Data Spike Hikes Heating Averages

But our sharp-eyed stranger comments, “As I understand it, the current available Gif data maps are several for the latest dates, but the archives have less dates to choose from. It’s possible that in the past these numbers were incorrect but in the archive system you do not see the numbers that could have been in gross error.”

So it may reasonably be inferred climate fraudsters had a perfect opportunity here to fraudulently apply overcooked and overlooked data so that America’s Joe Public would be none the wiser that a few climate numbers vastly ramped up the national temperature averages. Laughably, NOAA publishes a caveat at the bottom right corner of their web page warning about their data that it is “Not to be used for navigation purposes!”

The current head of NOAA is Dr. Jane Lubchenco, nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate on March 19, 2009 and is the first woman to serve as NOAA administrator. On her appointment Lubchenco declared that science would guide the agency and that she expects it to play a role in developing a green economy. You can say that again!

Readers now interested in doing their own detective work may wish to peruse the further data found here and here to further ascertain whether climate doomsayers have rigged more ‘real world’ temperatures in a shabby scheme to win support for green energy tax hikes. If you find anything be sure to drop Lubchenco a line here.

Author’s Addendum:

Of major concern here is whether the false data has been fed into climate models ascertaining the broader temperature averages for the entire United States. The alleged response from NOAA as shown in the comments below this article, indicates evasiveness by Chuck Pistis, NOAA Program Coordinator, in answering the question. Why so?

I also applied due diligence and asked internationally renowned climatologist, Dr. Timothy Ball to take a look at the numbers. Here is what Dr. Ball observed: “I have read your article and believe it is a very valid observation of the data as reported. At best the entire incident indicates gross incompetence, at worst it indicates a deliberate attempt to create a temperature record that suits the political message of the day.”

Moreover, I have written to NOAA but am still awaiting their reply. I specifically asked whether this extravagantly false data was fed into climate models to help ramp up the  U.S. climate numbers by “400%” as commented on by analyst, Jo Nova (more here). The Australian researcher provides an excellent summary to an important paper that removes all doubt that climate models are utterly flawed. As Dr. Ball points out — perhaps we know why.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: These man-made global warming eco-fascists are obviously not all that bright. Everytime they attempt another scientific fraud, it blows up right in their face! And lest we forget, this gem of an article below from on March 30, 2010– SJH

NASA Data Worse Than Climate-Gate Data, Space Agency Admits

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Oil Spill Tragedy Of Historic Proportions: Reaches Lake Michigan?

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July 30, 2010: Deborah Dupre’ / Human Rights Examiner – July 29, 2010

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: WGN radio (Chicago) reported this morning that oil spilled in the Kalamazoo River has now reached Lake Michigan! – SJH

Michigan’s Kalamazoo River oil “spill,” believed to be over one million gallons, is possibly leading the nation toward both tragedy and dictatorship with military powers of historic proportions under Obama’s National Emergency he declared,  now with American troops poised for urban duty and Canadian troops on 72-hour stand-by.

This latest “spill” is possibly a military leap not for mankind, but for the New World Order that it serves. Why the delayed response? Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm is “sharply criticizing efforts to contain the spill” and warning of a “tragedy of historic proportions” if oil reaches Lake Michigan, only some 80 miles downstream according to AP. The oil is almost half-way there. (Detroit News)

The United States remains under the National Emergency that President Obama declared after the government manipulated H1N1 swine flu ‘pandemic’ data, as Dr. Mercola and NVIC’s Barbara Loe Fisher alerted Americans. 

At any moment, under today’s National Emergency, President Obama could dismiss certain regulations and much more, such as quarantine of large numbers of people. (See: Ron Paul address to Americans: National Emergency increases president powers, D. Dupre, Examiner, October 29, 2009)

U.S. combat troops were stationed on U.S. soil to “assist” with civilian vaccinations, Since the Gulf oil and Corexit poison operation began, the stated reason for U.S. troop active duty build-up in the Deep South and Costa Rica is to address drug traffic.

Oil gushing from the underground pipeline connecting the U.S. to Canada poses a new emergency health threat, one involving all life in the area, including human. It increases the probability that presidential powers under the National Emergency will be used. 

Warnings issued to Kalamazoo and surrounding area residents are that “this oil is highly toxic with benzene, a carcinogen, and to stay away from the water – the fumes are strong apparently – and not even to try to help wildlife,” according to Kalamazoo resident, Dr. Joetta Carr. Workers on the scene are very “tight-lipped” according to an Examiner reliable source there.

Time will soon tell whether the Michigan oil spill is yet another step towards the U.S.-backed aim of a New World Order through the Defence Department’s Full Spectrum Dominance.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Again, WGN radio (Chicago) reported this morning that oil from the spill has indeed reached Lake Michigan! – SJH

TTR UPDATE 1: I’m still waiting and searching for confirmation to collaborate the WGN report. Nothing further has been said concerning the oil reaching Lake Michigan– SJH

TTR UPDATE 2: WGN has now just reported that oil has not reached Lake Michigan… – SJH 

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Oil Spill Passes Morrow Lake And Now “Halfway To Lake Michigan”

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July 29, 2010: Eric D. Lawrence and Christina Hall / Free Press – July 29, 2010

The president of the Canadian company responsible for the spillage of possibly 1 million gallons [emphasis mine] of oil into the Kalamazoo River apologized today “for the mess we have made.”

Enbridge President Patrick Daniel said the company takes “full responsibility for the cleanup,” during an afternoon press conference in Battle Creek on the spill and cleanup process.

He and EPA officials said no oil has entered Morrow Lake. An EPA official said there is no danger to Kalamazoo. That contradicts earlier reports from Gov. Granholm, a Comstock Township official and at least one lakeside homeowner that oil had in fact reached Lake Morrow. Robert Hainer Jr., who owns property on the lake, told the Free Press on Wednesday he could smell a strong odor of oil and saw an oil sheen on the lake Wednesday afternoon.

But Daniel and Susan Hedman, regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, said there is no sheen on Morrow Lake. Ralph Dollhopf, EPA on-scene coordinator, said that barriers have been set up to keep oil away, with a containment on the upstream end of the lake and contingency containment on the downstream end of the lake. The dam is on the downstream end of the lake. Daniel said Enbridge is willing to spend “whatever it takes” to clean up the spill and to the satisfaction of the people in the area and regulators.

Enbridge officials said 17 booms have been set up and 16 more may be put in place to collect an estimated 819,000 gallons of spilled crude. Daniel said the company was not aware of the leak on Sunday night despite 911 calls about a gas odor in the area. He said the company became aware of it Monday.

About 30-50 homes have been recommended for evacuation near the leak near Marshall. County and state officials continue to monitor about seven other nearby areas. There is a drinking water advisory for about 100 homes within 200 feet of the river in Calhoun County and bottled water is available for residents.

Officials said while the some of the oil has been removed, more response is needed. Air and water will continue to be monitored for volatile chemicals such as benzene and boats will continue to do surveys of the water. Officials said it will be a couple of months before all the oil will be cleaned up.

Earlier, authorities said oil from this week’s Michigan pipeline spill has breached the dam at Morrow Lake in Comstock Township and is at least halfway to Lake Michigan [emphasis mine]. Crews continued today to try to stop the oil from spreading, but they had hoped to make a last stand at Morrow Lake.

Meanwhile, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported on its Web site that health officials are suggesting evacuations for 20 to 25 homes near the original oil spill site. Comstock Township Supervisor said the discovery of the dam breach was made Wednesday during a helicopter fly-over of the area. A news conference was held at 3 p.m. today in Battle Creek, to release more details about the spill and cleanup and response. At the conference, the Environmental Protection Agency said it would continue to bring in resources.

Lisa Williams, a contaminant specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said 17 geese, two swans, one turtle, one belted kingfisher and one muskrat have been recovered and are being cleaned. Williams said very few dead animals had been recovered. She directed anyone interested in volunteering or has experienced issues connected with the spill to call a special hotline at 800-306-6837. Wildlife officials have cautioned people not to approach oil coated animals, but rather to let professionals handle them. The Battle Creek Enquirer also reported that the odor from the spill caused Kellogg Co. to stop production in Battle Creek.

NTSB Hopes To Get A Look At Pipeline Today

Meanwhile, the section of pipeline that may have leaked as much as 1 million gallons of oil into a Kalamazoo River tributary has yet to be excavated, although work is apparently under way.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board hope to get a look at the pipeline today, according to Peter Knudson, an NTSB spokesman. The agency is investigating what caused the spill reported Monday afternoon. “The biggest challenge right now is we can’t get to the pipe,” he said.

In addition to its five investigators in Michigan, the NTSB has also dispatched an investigator to Canada to review maintenance records and other materials at the offices of Enbridge, the responsible oil company. Oily water has flowed downstream from the spill site near Marshall at least as far as Comstock Township near Kalamazoo.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Ecologically speaking in terms of geographics, the damage from this latest oil catastrophe will play out to be every bit as devastating as the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster– SJH 

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