Unseasonably mild enough for ya, pal? Well, there’s a perfectly good explanation for the delightfully pleasant weather many of us have been enjoying lately — or is it climate? — and it comes from the smartest people in the world: the New York Times.
What to Make of a Warming Plateau
As unlikely as this may sound, we have lucked out in recent years when it comes to global warming.
It really does sound unlikely, doesn’t it? Well, that is, assuming all you ever read is the NYT.
The rise in the surface temperature of earth has been markedly slower over the last 15 years than in the 20 years before that. And that lull in warming has occurred even as greenhouse gases have accumulated in the atmosphere at a record pace.
Wow, that’s crazy. If I didn’t know better, I’d start to suspect that maybe… possibly… only speculating here, mind you… but it could just be that greenhouse gases don’t have much to do with
global warming climate change whatever it’s called this week. Or at least not as much as we’ve been scolded about. Incessantly. For decades.
But that can’t be! What could be less scientific than observing things and figuring out why they do or don’t happen?
The slowdown is a bit of a mystery to climate scientists.
Doubtlessly. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle couldn’t have concocted a trickier conundrum. Call it: “The Mystery of the Endangered Federal Funding.”
As you might imagine, those dismissive of climate-change concerns have made much of this warming plateau.
No, I might not imagine it. I simply can’t conceive of someone actually questioning this rock-solid science that’s probably really, really, really super-wrong.
And then blah blah blah, BS BS BS. It’s the NYT. What are they gonna say, “We were wrong”? Of course not.
More on the warmists’ delectable discombobulation from Bryan Preston and Mark Steyn. The latter is actually being sued by Professor Hockeystick himself, Dr. Michael Mann, “for the hitherto unknown crime of ‘defamation of a Nobel prize recipient.'”
See, that’s how a real scientist rolls. Once he waves his scientific wand and proclaims something Science, you don’t get to say you’re skeptical or make fun of him or anything. Here, this educational video explains the process:
Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I might take a stroll around the block. It’s June in DC, and yet it’s not suicide-inducingly miserable. Thanks, Al Gore! 🙂
Update: In other warmist news, the polar bear population in some areas is at “carrying capacity.” That’s a good thing. Unless you’ve got one staring at you…
Update: Also courtesy of Tim Blair, the following is really great. I don’t think it’s supposed to be a parody…?
So global warming will kill off all the pandas. But there’s probably also a downside.
Update: Gore laments scientists “won’t let us” tie climate change to tornadoes. Well then, they’re not really scientists, are they? Kick them out of Science, Al!