How many more years of no warming before global warmists admit their theory is broken?
New data released two weeks ago shows the pause in global warming has now lasted 16 years.
This is despite man’s carbon dioxide emissions – blamed by warmists for causing the world to overheat – soaring nearly 50 per cent over the past two decades.
More emissions, but no warming. This is not what was meant to happen.
“The data confirms the existence of a ‘pause’ in the warming,” confirmed Professor Judith Curry, chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology .
Leading global warming scientists agree, even if they disagree on what the pause means.
“The hiatus was not unexpected,” said Kevin Trenberth of the US National Center for Atmospheric Research.
“Variability in the climate can suppress rising temperatures temporarily…
“In any case, one decade is not long enough to say anything about human effects on climate; as one forthcoming paper lays out, 17 years is required.”
Wow. So 16 years of no statistically significant warming (just 0.08 degrees per decade) is too short a time to doubt man is dangerously overheating the planet.
But 17 years will be. Can’t wait.
But the global warming theory itself is based on just 16 years of warming – from 1980 to 1996.
It wasn’t too soon then for warmists to demand carbon taxes, solar panels, wind farms and power bills through the roof.
What’s more, the leaked Climategate emails show the Climatic Research Unit’s head, Professor Phil Jones, already discussing the pause with other warmist scientists in 2009, reassuring them: “Bottom line: the ‘no upward trend’ has to continue for a total of 15 years before we get worried.”
Yet with the pause now lasting 16 years, Jones is still pleading for more time to see if his theory holds out.
This lack of warming does not disprove the theory that man is heating the world dangerously.
But nothing the world’s climate is doing confirms it, either.
Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am, and his book Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.