NOAA is desperate to hide their data tampering, and is taking a new tack to defeat FOIA requests.
Kent Clizbe and I have been working for almost a year to get them to release their published monthly temperature data over the past couple of decades, which they overwrite in place in order to hide their ongoing manipulations.
The data should be kept in a simple file structure like the NOAA drought data, and it should require no more than 10 seconds for me to recover it online. Instead, they want a quarter of a million dollars, due on Monday.
We estimate that the cost to search for responsive records will be approximately $262,000.
If payment or other communication is not received by March 24, 2015, your FOIA request will be considered “closed.”
There must be something very incriminating in that data.