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January 14, 2013 - 11:15 am

Despite this brief burst of mild weather in the middle of January here on the east coast, this isn’t the phenomenon of global warming.  In fact, according to the Daily Mail on January 12, global warming, or climate change, ended sixteen years ago.

Last year The Mail on Sunday reported a stunning fact: that global warming had “paused” for 16 years. The Met Office’s [ Meteorological Office] own monthly figures showed there had been no statistically significant increase in the world’s temperature since 1997. We were vilified. One Green website in the US said our report was “utter bilge” that had to be “exposed and attacked.”

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But then last week, the rest of the media caught up with our report. On Tuesday, news finally broke of a revised Met Office ‘decadal forecast’, which not only acknowledges the pause, but predicts it will continue at least until 2017. It says world temperatures are likely to stay around 0.43 degrees above the long-term average – as by then they will have done for 20 years.

So, the jury is still out on this subject.  Hence, we can do away with absurd declarations, like global warming being a bigger threat than a nuclear armed Iran, which was a point Senator John Kerry (D-MA) made on the Senate floor.  Furthermore, claims of 2012 being the hottest year are also inaccurate.  Steven Goddard wrote on January  11 that “1934 is about 0.1C or 0.2F cooler than 1998. In other words, the total downwards adjustment of 1934 is almost 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit relative to 1998. The current NOAA claim is that 2012 is 1.0 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than 1998, but 1934 used to be 1.1 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than 1998. This means that prior to adjustment, 1934 was hotter than 2012.”

Even NYT’s Andrew Revkin admitted on January 9 that global warming has “stalled since 1998.”

While global temperatures are the highest they’ve been since formal records began in the 19th century, warming has largely stalled since 1998. Climate change occurs in fits and starts, and there’s plenty of research finding that pauses are normal, but if the current pause persists through 2015 or beyond, questions will build.

Questions like, when will Obama’s green energy monomania end?

Matt Vespa is a web editor at Townhall.com and occasional writer for Hot Air, RedState, and Townhall Magazine.
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