Christopher Monckton thoughtfully keeps us acquainted with some essential moving targets on the climate change range. One monthly chore he undertakes is to update the RSS global mean temperature at Watts Up With That and (the neat part) find out whether the pause has got longer. It usually has. This is from his latest post a week or so back.
The Freedom Clock gets its data from the RSS satellite temperature trend, which shows neither warming nor cooling for ages and ages.
Here’s his delicious introductory paragraph.
To the growing embarrassment of the world-government wannabes who are preparing to meet in Paris next month to inflict upon the world a Solomon Binding treaty that will, in all but name, create an all-powerful global tyranny-by-clerk for the first time, the central pretext for the entire venture – global warming – continues to be conspicuous by its prolonged absence.
Chris Monckton explains that, though fully a third of Man’s influence on climate since the Industrial Revolution has been released into the atmosphere since February 1997 (224 months ago), in that time the globe has declined to warm.
That’s now 18 years 8 months without warming. Which is nearly 20 years of no excuse for constant international junkets for the chattering classes to babble on about stopping global warming with money we gave them to arrest hunger and improve health.
He says “the hiatus period of 18 years 8 months is the farthest back one can go in the RSS satellite temperature record and still show a sub-zero trend. The start date is not cherry-picked: it is calculated, starting from the present.”
As always, a note of caution. Merely because there has been little or no warming in recent decades, one may not draw the conclusion that warming has ended forever. The trend lines measure what has occurred: they do not predict what will occur.
The Pause – politically useful though it may be to all who wish that the “official” scientific community would remember its duty of skepticism – is far less important than the growing discrepancy between the predictions of the general-circulation models and observed reality.
Since there’s no significant warming, there are no worries about it and we needn’t build legions of windmills to run our steel mills and aluminium smelters because we’ve closed all the oil wells.
Our incompetent climate activists will not wake up to this simple truth until they entertain a desire to wake up.