The globe actually hasn't been warming?
GOOD news. Global warming ended 16 years ago, according to the Met Office, the British government's weather department.
"The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data released last week," the London Daily Mail reported.
"The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.
"This means that the 'plateau' or 'pause' in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996. Before that, temperatures had been stable or declining for about 40 years."
So much for the annual decrees from the U.S. government that this is one of the hottest years ever.
The British announcement comes on the heels of the Climategate scandal, in which professors who rake in millions of dollars in government grants for pushing global warming were found to be in cahoots in suppressing findings that undercut their theory.
Climategate also revealed numerous errors in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report in 2007 that shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.
Among the false reports was one that held that the Himalayan Mountains would be ice-free in 30 years.
The IPCC now says it meant 300 years, not 30.
Three hundred years? That is like relying on a prediction for the weather today that was made on Oct. 17, 1712.
Climategate should have ended this nonsense.
Unfortunately, the media ignored its implications because most "environmental reporters" are true believers who spread their opinions in articles disguised as news reports.
For years I have opined, in clearly marked opinion columns, that weather is cyclical and what man knows about the causes and effects of it could fit in a thimble.
The Met Office disclosure has not stopped the propaganda.
Last week, Bloomberg News reported that the increase in the ice shelf on the continent of Antarctica actually proves global warming.
So do droughts and floods, good winters and bad, hurricanes and the lack of hurricanes. To every thing there is a season, and global warmists hold up each season as proof of their theory.
In the Hans Christian Andersen fable, "The Emperor's New Clothes," crooked tailors played on people's insecurity about their intelligence to sell the emperor imaginary clothing.
The "tailors" told people that only imbeciles cannot see the cloth in the emperor's finery, so people continued to claim they saw the clothes even though they did not.
No one wanted to be thought the fool.
So it goes with global warming. Questioning the science - being skeptical - results in being labeled anti-science.
To be sure, carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and it can help the Earth trap heat.
But there are so many other variables when it comes to weather that it would be irresponsible to shut down coal plants simply out of fear of carbon dioxide releases.
Some true believers are re-assessing their position.
Sir James Lovelock was the first to signal the global warming alarm back in the 1970s when fears of global cooling were en vogue.
Now 92, he is surprised to see that none of his predictions of gloom and doom came true, but he is philosophic about this outcome.
"One thing that being a scientist has taught me is that you can never be certain about anything," Lovelock told the Toronto Sun this summer.
"You never know the truth. You can only approach it and hope to get a bit nearer to it each time. You iterate towards the truth. You don't know it."
The good news is once again, the sins of man will not end the world. The bad news is the charlatans who pushed this stuff will never be punished.
Come to think of it, they never did find the tailors who sold that poor emperor those "new clothes."
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