The world has stopped getting warmer

Says the Met Office of the UK.

global temperature changes

Do I believe this? Do you mean: do you think the anthropogenic global warming thesis is proved or disproved by the earth getting warmer, or not? The answer must be “no”. The issue is the cause of global warming, or cooling. The earth will continue to heat up until it stops and gets colder. Perhaps it will plunge back into an ice age in two to five thousand years. This would be a continuation of a long period of glaciation and temporary inter-glacials, ever since Panama connected with South America a million years ago. We are in a temporary inter-glacial, which has mostly run its course.

And suppose man has heated the environment? So what? Does that mean we have prevented the next ice age? I doubt it, but I do not know, and neither does anyone else. Those who wish to put us into 19th century levels of prosperity by cutting electricity consumption,  on the basis of spurious, politicized  science, should face trials for crimes against humanity.

A hat tip to Glendronach for the Daily Mail article.
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Relayer

That last line is too close for comfort to Suzuki’s claim a few years back to the effect that “deniers” should be sent to jail. The doomsterists should however be subjected to the best sanction of all: public ridicule.

Alain

Gee, now that is a big disappointment, for I had been planning on being able to plant and to grow all kinds of plants I used to grow when I lived in Africa. Really had my hopes set on global warming. Although I jest I admit to hoping for a warming climate instead of a cooling one.

Dalwhinnie

My plan for the crimes against humanity trial would feature only one punishment: public exposure and then well founded-ridicule. It is a fantasy not to be enacted.

How many people have died of malaria because of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”? Ideas have consequences.

Dalwhinnie

Exactly, anon1152. My point was that it proved nothing, which you might have discerned from reading my article. As the Met Office says:

“Over the last 140 years global surface temperatures have risen by about 0.8ºC. However, within this record there have been several periods lasting a decade or more during which temperatures have risen very slowly or cooled. The current period of reduced warming is not unprecedented and 15 year long periods are not unusual.”

2012-140 years = 1872. The Little Ice Age is thought to have ended in 1850. So yes, global warming by 0.8C is consistent with that fact. AGW? as in anthropo-genic? Man-caused? Not proven. As Jo Nova once asked, where is the missing 2 degrees Centigrade of heat that has not been found yet, but which is predicted by AGW enthusiasts? Inquiring minds want to know.

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