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Cool it

News you're not likely to see on any front pages:

The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data released last week. 

The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.

This means that the ‘plateau’ or ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996. Before that, temperatures had been stable or declining for about 40 years.

There is reality, and then there are computer models. Screw reality, the computer models can't possibly be wrong!

Oh, dear God, is that a rain cloud I see out my window? I just know it's going to rain for 40 days and 40 nights. The whole world will be under water! Let's declare martial law so the government can start forcibly relocating us all to higher ground.

I wonder if "stable temperatures" can be ginned up to a crisis? Bet Al Gore could do it?


Mon, 10/15/2012 - 9:52am

If you consider the source reliable, why didn't you put it on your own front page?

The source, I suspect, is the problem. This would be major news if a reputable agency announced it, rather than quietly posting it on the Internet, where nothing, as you know, is ever fake.

The photo accompanying the story clearly shows steam coming from cooling towers. It incorrectly calls the steam "smoke."

I hope the world isn't warming. We don't need another summer like the one we just endured. But anyone can find anything on the Internet.

Rebecca Mallory
Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:49pm

Littlejohn's response reminds me of a statement by Schopenhauer who concluded that all truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed  by the unwise. Then it is violently opposed. Third, it accepted as being self evident.

We have seen the first stage posted her.  It will be interesting to see if stages two and three follow.


Harl Delos
Mon, 10/15/2012 - 10:53pm

The climate IS changing, there are few that fail to believe that, but the argument that manmade CO2 is the cause reminds me of the guy who shoots an arrow into the side of the barn,then paints the bullseye around it.

The oceans are rising in Maine, but they're droppinig in Alaska.  Arctic ise is shrinking, but Antarctic ice is growing.  It sorta looks like heat is moving from one geographical area to another.  The jet streams have moved, and so have the streams in the ocean.

But the earth is way-overdue for a major shift in the magnetic poles, and the magnetic poles have been moving around a lot more than we've seen in the past.

What if the Tunguska incident was caused by a slow-moving black hole that punched its way through the earth's crust, and was captured by the earth's core, and it's slowly eating up the earth's core, turning the planet from a golf ball to a ping-pong ball?  That would certainly provide a much better explanation of an increasing number of earthquakes than the CO2 produced by a farting Holstein -  or a belching Torino.

Nobody's ever produced a satisfactory explanation of Tonguska.  It's time we asked physicists, astronomersm and chemical engineers to take the lead instead of climatologists who are given a rather poor education in mathematics.  Chemical engineers are the ones who handle heat transfer and flows.  If you can't handle Bessel functions and 27-dimensional tensor analysis, you shouldn't get a vote on climate change.