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THE CHILL IS ON

April 8, 2008

The United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports that global temperatures have not risen since 1998.  That would be the same temperatures that models from the U.N.'s Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said would be scorching the earth into an unlivable wasteland -- except for those coastal areas flooded by seas gorged with water from melting ice sheets.

Of course the IPCC spins the news, says Investor's Business Daily (IBD):

  • You should look at trends over a pretty long period, says WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud, and the trend of temperature globally is still very much indicative of warming.
  • His explanation for the cool spell is the effect of the Pacific Ocean's La Nina current, part of what he calls "variability."

If that's the case, asks IBD, then why can't the Pacific's El Nino current, which played a large part in the warm reading for 1998, simply been seen as a "variability" and not part of a greater warming trend?

Were the IPCC not dedicated to spreading fear, it would admit its climate models, on which much of the global warming alarmism is based, are flawed, says IBD.  While pandering politicians, media sycophants and Hollywood dupes desperately seeking significance have lectured us about our carbon monoxide emissions, real temperature changes measured over the past 30 years have not matched well with increases predicted by the IPCC's models.

Source: Editorial, "The Chill is On," Investor's Business Daily. April 4, 2008.

 

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