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Whoops! No Global Warming For the Last 15 Years

Opponents of the global warming cult have often been confronted with a little presto-chango logical fallacy.  When the dearth of evidence that human activity contributes to any sort of climate change became painfully inconvenient, the cult began deliberately conflating “man-made” or “anthropogenic” warming with temperature fluctuations that might be entirely natural phenomena. 

This allowed the fanatics to posture as reasonable people of science, while dismissing those who advanced reasonable questions as fanatics.  If you agreed that the globe might be warming, you were automatically signed on to the entirely different belief that human activity was causing it.  Various studies purporting to show increases in temperature were cited, and magically transformed into “proof” that the economy-destroying, power-centralizing agenda of the Church of Global Warming must be adopted immediately.  Greenhouse gases are killing the Earth!  The science is settled! 

This was always about power and money, not science.  Here’s a little data crunching from one of the great cathedrals of global warming alarmism, the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit – which was also the source of the “Climagate” emails that revealed much of the global warming movement was based on deliberate fraud.  As reported by the UK Daily Mail:

The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.

The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century.

Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. It confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997.

(Emphases mine.)  “Released without fanfare,” eh?  That’s funny, because this has to be one of the most important stories in modern history.  The entire global warming movement just went up in smoke.  All of the shrieking hysteria about greenhouse gases, which still drives multi-billion dollar command economics programs in the United States has just been revealed as a pile of anti-scientific garbage.

Meanwhile, leading climate scientists yesterday told The Mail on Sunday that, after emitting unusually high levels of energy throughout the 20th Century, the sun is now heading towards a ‘grand minimum’ in its output, threatening cold summers, bitter winters and a shortening of the season available for growing food.

Solar output goes through 11-year cycles, with high numbers of sunspots seen at their peak.

We are now at what should be the peak of what scientists call ‘Cycle 24’ – which is why last week’s solar storm resulted in sightings of the aurora borealis further south than usual. But sunspot numbers are running at less than half those seen during cycle peaks in the 20th Century.

So the primary factor driving “climate change” is not people running their air conditioners and driving around in cars, but rather… the Sun.  Were your kids told any of this when their public-school teachers were busy indoctrinating them in Green dogma about man-made global warming?  Was it ever even suggested that maybe human activity had far less to do with global temperature changes than solar activity?

The modern “climate change” movement began with warnings of global cooling, and the threat of an impending Ice Age, back in the Seventies.  This was changed for purely political reasons, because it obviously wasn’t something that could be blamed on human activity.  But car engines are hot, and hot gas comes out of their mufflers, so maybe that gas is forming into toxic clouds in the upper atmosphere, and turning the Earth into an oven!  Factory smokestacks even look kind of like ovens, don’t they?  We can scare people into giving up their economic liberty with that!

A Duke University climatologist quoted by the Daily Mail noted “if temperatures continue to stay flat or start to cool again, the divergence between the models and recorded data will eventually become so great that the whole scientific community will question the current theories.”  Questioning theories?  Now that sounds like science!  Unfortunately for the cultists, it’s not very helpful for getting cap-and-trade legislation passed, or selling “carbon credits.”

Other stories hinting at this outcome have popped up over the past few years, but this one is definitive… and utterly devastating to the official religion of the U.S. government.  Think of all the millions charlatans like Al Gore have raked in from gullible suckers over the years.  “An inconvenient truth,” indeed.  The birth of global warming was heralded by big-budget Hollywood movies and hysterical political campaigns.  Its final demise occurred without fanfare.

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