Hubert Lamb said “account must be taken of psychological reactions—even in the influential research community—to the variations towards greater or less warmth as and when they occur.” I don’t think he had the goalposts being moved like this in mind though.
In 1978, every data source showed that earth had been cooling for 30 years.
NOAA showed significant cooling at all latitudes, and all levels of the atmosphere.
NOAA showed that temperatures were decreasing, as CO2 was increasing.
There wasn’t any doubt that Earth was cooling, but this cooling was not wanted by Al Gore and Barack Obama – so their government agencies simply made the cooling disappear.