We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If you're wondering why North America is starting to resemble nuclear winter, then you missed the news.
At December's U.N. Global Warming conference in Poznan, Poland, 650 of the world's top climatologists stood up and said man-made global warming is a media generated myth without basis. Said climatologist Dr. David Gee, Chairman of the International Geological Congress, "For how many years must the planet cool before we begin to understand that the planet is not warming?"
I asked myself, why would such obviously smart guy say such a ridiculous thing? But it turns out he's right.
The earth's temperature peaked in 1998. It's been falling ever since; it dropped dramatically in 2007 and got worse in 2008, when temperatures touched 1980 levels.
K ... careful unbiased study of the statistics on global temperatures in the 20th century shows that 1934, not 1998, was the hottest year of the 20th century. 1998 was the second hottest, and we've been rushing downhill ever since. The global warmenists are not accurate. They spin facts to fit agendas. Jules Crittenden's comment last year is a telling one: "The world gets warmer, the world gets colder, and nobody quite knows why." It's certainly not because of CO2, which is an essential gas like oxygen, and an essential fertilizer for everything green on this planet. You want to live in a sandbox, eliminate all CO2.
MM: your reply illustrates several of my points. We don't really know enough. And that promotes arguments which are as likely to reflect a POV about life as about temperature.
Officially 1934 is acknowledged as the warmest in the US. 1998 is said to have the warmest for the World.
Temperature history means something at a given point, such as Death Valley. History and global temperature means little for the whole world because records are not accurate enough for long enough. Eventually they will be.
And it is air temperature we cite but air is only part of what we must consider.
Ultimately sea and ground temperatures are more important simply because the atmosphere doesn't weigh much in comparison. We notice the air temperature but the big heat storage is elsewhere.
What is this careful unbiased study? It would take me a lifetime to perform my own and I would still be using data and information from others. Some would be old, I would have to guess about calibration, diligence, and many other factors.
All that data collection and evaluation is now done by world organizations and they apply weights and bias. And I cannot know if, or when, they are honest, mostly honest, or fabricating convenient facts as needed.
Thus, I weigh competing claims and arguments but from them I make my best guess. If others somehow "know" I admire their brilliance.
From the information and analysis I have seen there is nothing I can call rushing downhill ever since 1998. If a trend seems definite to you that is fine. I don't see it.