Mr Mark Lawson,
please do some reading around and get to know what your fellow climate sceptics are saying because you’re embarrassing yourself.
You repeat one of my FAVOURITE pieces of sceptic propaganda which is that warming ceased in 1998.
First of all, the May 2007 New Scientist listed the top 26 myths promoted by sceptic propaganda and “cooling since 1998” was of course included. In other words, this was debunked years ago. Why are you still circulating this dishonest claptrap?
Not only is the myth of cooling since 1998 factually incorrect (as 2005 was hotter and 2007 was as hot) but even FELLOW sceptics are starting to warn against repeating this myth, in case you all shortly look foolish.
At the 2009 Heartland Institute conference Dr Patrick J Michaels explained that long term climate trends were still up, but that short term El Nino and solar heating trends bumped 1998 up above the mean, and then following cooling La Nina cycles let the trends drop a bit. He warned that when the El Nino cycle switches back we could see even STRONGER warming, and then said:
“Make an argument that you can get killed on and you will kill us all…
If you loose credibility on this issue you lose this issue!”
Ummm, Mr Lawson, you lose.
El Nino is returning. Temperatures this year or next could break the records. We don’t have to wait very long. But hey? Look on the bright side! A few years after that when the La Nina comes back, you can always write about how “global temperatures have been cooling since 2010, as 2010 reached a new high point and it has been cooling since”. I just wonder if your sceptical audience will be dense enough to swallow that ridiculous cherry-picking routine a second time?
So do you want to check out that youtube clip where one of your fellow sceptics rebukes the Heartland institute for spreading this myth, or are you just going to continue on your way making a complete fool of yourself?