Ironically, 2008 is on pace to be a slightly cooler year in a steadily rising temperature trend line. Experts say it's thanks to a La Nina weather variation. While skeptics are already using it as evidence of some kind of cooling trend, it actually illustrates how fast the world is warming.Well Brian Bleeping Williams. And they say Bush scaremongered over terrorism. Wonder when Al Gore arrives? He must be coming to town with a dire climate change story just ahead of an ice storm advisory.
But OK, AP says 2008 is just a blip in an upward trend. Here's the chart. Any objective analysis would say we've reached a plateau of sorts since 1998, when Hansen's GISS unit last measured the warmest US year ever even though it occurred in 1934.
Nobody has yet to credibly explain what caused the cool down from the 1940s through the 1970s in North America so it's no wonder they're using La Nina to explain our recent leveling, since their climate models didn't compute it.
Therefore, predicting the next ten years is as much a crap shoot as predicting when the stock market will rebound or the Cubs will win the Series. That doesn't stop the AP from plunging forward and doing it, and without a trace of jest. A real red flag moment, or to use a football term, a T sign from coach Fisher.
But if global temperatures and climate models can be tripped by one La Nina cycle then why isn't it possible that our recent downturn in solar activity might not also be affecting things?
Of course, even speculating on such is blasphemy in global warming circles and could be considered offensive to Pacific Islanders, who are counting on the west to save them from the rising sea and other assorted things through world wealth spreading (which is OK as long as it's not at gunpoint).
So in essence we have the sun, a slight shift in Pacific ocean temperautures, an economic downturn, and two Republican Senators standing in the way of Euro-socialism on a world scale (except in China where it's already communistic and the Muslim world, who seemingly don't care about rising world temperatures because they're not mentioned specifically in the Qu'ran).
Ever seen the ads on TV that say, "order in the next 10 minutes or the sale will be over"? This moment has the same feel. If climate scientists are using La Nina to explain the unexplainable they really don't have a clue what's causing things. They think they do, but we also thought Saddam had underground caverns bubbling with VX. Such probably explains the frantic AP story--they, er, the scientists can't afford one more non-record year. World citizens surely can, though.