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NYT Blames Clean Air Laws For ‘Global Warming’

From the New York Times:

What to Make of a Warming Plateau

By JUSTIN GILLIS | June 10, 2013

As unlikely as this may sound, we have lucked out in recent years when it comes to global warming. The rise in the surface temperature of earth has been markedly slower over the last 15 years than in the 20 years before that. And that lull in warming has occurred even as greenhouse gases have accumulated in the atmosphere at a record pace.

The slowdown is a bit of a mystery to climate scientists…

Oh, come on. It’s just dumb luck.

As you might imagine, those dismissive of climate-change concerns have made much of this warming plateau. They typically argue that “global warming stopped 15 years ago” or some similar statement, and then assert that this disproves the whole notion that greenhouse gases are causing warming.

Rarely do they mention that most of the warmest years in the historical record have occurred recently. Moreover, their claim depends on careful selection of the starting and ending points. The starting point is almost always 1998, a particularly warm year because of a strong El Niño weather pattern…

Scientists and statisticians reject this sort of selective use of numbers, and when they calculate the long-term temperature trends for the earth, they conclude that it continues to warm through time. Despite the recent lull, it is an open question whether the pace of that warming has undergone any lasting shift.

Okay. The ‘Warmists’ want to pick the last ice age as their starting point. But why not pick a period when the newly formed earth was still a fiery mass.

What to make of it all? …

[H]ere is a crucial piece of background: It turns out we had an earlier plateau in global warming, from roughly the 1950s to the 1970s, and scientists do not fully understand that one either. A lot of evidence suggests that sunlight-blocking pollution from dirty factories may have played a role, as did natural variability in ocean circulation. The pollution was ultimately reduced by stronger clean-air laws in the West.

Today, factory pollution from China and other developing countries could be playing a similar role in blocking some sunlight. We will not know for sure until we send up satellites that can make better measurements of particles in the air.

What happened when the mid-20th-century lull came to an end? You guessed it: an extremely rapid warming of the planet… We might one day find ourselves looking back on the crazy weather of the 2010s with a deep yearning for those halcyon days.

So it looks like we have clean air laws to blame for global warming. Which is great news. As long as we stop any more ‘clean air laws’ we should be okay. And we should thank China and India for keeping their factories dirty.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “NYT Blames Clean Air Laws For ‘Global Warming’”

  1. Enthalpy

    The New York Times is hopelessly lost on most major issues of our time because they are agenda driven. Since there isn’t any global warming, why would we expect them to be any more accurate on Clean Air Laws’ effect on climate? Where has climate consensus led them? Why not try science for a change?


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