No Global Warming in 18 Years
On September 21, an estimated 300,000-plus demonstrators turned out for the People’s Climate March in New York City to call for international action against climate change.
Two days later, President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly and called on all countries to cut carbon emissions “right now.”
And eight days after that, October 1, will mark 18 consecutive years without global warming.
There has been “no significant warming trend in surface average temperature” in those 18 years, said Patrick Michaels, director of the Cato Institute’s Center for the Study of Science.
Al Gore and other climate change alarmists will have to concede that their predictions of catastrophic global warming were off by a long shot, Michaels, who has a doctorate in ecological climatology, told CNS News.
“It has to be admitted eventually that too much warming was forecast too fast,” he said. “This just has to happen. You can’t go on and on and on.
“If the surface temperature resumed the warming rate that we observed from, say 1977 through 1998, we would still go close to a quarter of a century without significant net warming because there’s such a long flat period built into the record now.”
Michaels pointed to findings by the University of Illinois’ Polar Ice Research Center that Antarctic ice “is at its highest extent measured by the current microwave satellite sounding system” since 1978.
“And if you take a close look at the Arctic data, it appears the decline [in polar ice] stopped around 2005/2006, which means we’ve almost had 10 years without any net loss in Arctic ice.”
Michaels spent three decades as a research professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia and was a contributing editor to the United Nations’ second Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.
He noted that in a survey earlier this year, global warming ranked No. 19 out of 20 issues that Americans consider top priorities — and contrasted that with Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent proclamation that climate change is “the biggest challenge of all that we face right now.”
Michaels told CNS: “I would say that his order of needs is a little bit out of whack.”