If you have been busy enjoying this summer’s unseasonably cool weather across much of the nation, you may have missed the National Clean Energy Summit last week.
Sponsors of the one-day summit, held at the swanky Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in beautiful Las Vegas, Nev., included Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Center for American Progress, a leading liberal think tank.
One of the summit speakers, Nevada Rep. Dina Titus, equated global warming skeptics with members of the Flat Earth Society, EAGnews.org reports.
Titus also suggested that taxpayer-funded public schools should begin instructing kindergarten children about global warming.
“Educating people is very important,” the Democrat said, according to EAGnews. “We should educate them beginning at a very early age in kindergarten.”
To raucous applause, Titus also called for EPA regulations cutting carbon output by power plants by 30 percent, a scheme which could increase home electricity bills by up to 15 percent.
Meanwhile, as The Daily Caller reported this week, satellite data indicates that there has been no global warming for 17 years and 11 months. (RELATED: Report: No Global Warming For 215 Months)
Satellite data prepared by Lord Christopher Monckton shows there has been no warming trend from October of 1996 to August of 2014. That’s 215 months, or the entire lifetime of most students who graduated from high school this year.
According to Monckton — the third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley and a former policy adviser to U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — the rate of warming has been half of what climate scientists initially predicted in the early 1990s.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) first predicted in 1990 that global temperatures would rise at a rate of 2.8 degrees Celsius per century.
The temperature rise since the IPCC’s prediction has only been at a rate of 1.4 degrees Celsius per century.
The so-called “pause” in global warming has baffled climate scientists, as many climate models did not predict a prolonged period of little to no warming. While some climate scientists deny the “pause” in global warming even exists, others have looked to places ocean and wind patterns for answers as to why there has been no warming for nearly two decades.
Other explanations for the global warming “pause” include volcanic activity and theories concerning Chinese coal-fired power plants.