Satellite instruments began uniformly measuring temperatures throughout the Earth’s lower atmosphere in 1979. Climate scientists overseeing these NASA satellite instruments produced the chart below showing the following temperature trends:
* a plateau of temperatures, with absolutely no warming, from 1979 through 1997
* a large temperature spike in 1998
* a return to the 1979-1997 mean in 1999-2000
* a modest escalation of temperatures in 2001
* an elevated plateau of essentially flat temperatures from 2002-2014**
Here is the chart:
One thing had been established beyond the slightest doubt. The global warming alarmists’ computer models have been exploded. They were wrong wrong wrong. There is no other word for it.
Now, those same alarmists say, “pay no attention to nearly two decades of false computer model predictions about run-away anthropic global warming. Believe our computer models now and radically change your way of life based on what those models predict.”
I took a case to trial a couple of years ago. The judge caught one of the witnesses in a bald-faced lie. When she was rendering her opinion the judge turned to that witness and said, I caught you in a lie. You are not a credible witness, and that is a shame, because some or perhaps even most of what you say may be true. But how can I base my decision on the word of a known liar.”
I am not saying the alarmists have intentionally lied. (Though the “hide the decline” email leaks from a few years ago leave little doubt that at least some of them have slanted the data.) I am saying they have been consistently wrong for nearly two decades now. Maybe now they are finally right, and perhaps the best course would be to heed their warnings. Unfortunately, they have cried wolf too often to be credible witnesses about wolf matters now, and that is truly said if there is indeed a wolf out there.