A quote from PowerLine:
The Associated Press said, “The 10 hottest years on record have occurred since Clinton’s second inauguration. Global warming is accelerating. Time is close to running out, and Obama knows it.”
This displays a remarkable level of ignorance on the part of the Associated Press. Global temperature records are nowhere near accurate enough to rank years, over a period of centuries, with any confidence. For the recent past, though, we have the world’s best data set here in the U.S. And it’s true that at one time, it was widely believed that the 1990s were the warmest recent decade. But that was before it was discovered that NASA’s James Hansen, Al Gore’s chief scientific ally, had been fudging the data, either accidentally or on purpose. NASA was forced to correct its data, with the result that the ten warmest years on record here in the US are as follows: 1934, 1998, 1921, 2006, 1931, 1999, 1953, 1990, 1938, 1939.
So, it turns out Al Gore’s pet expert was fudging the data. < Snort. Snicker! >
To reiterate, the ten warmest years on record: 1934, 1998, 1921, 2006, 1931, 1999, 1953, 1990, 1938, 1939. Hard to get a global warming trend out of that.
Wake up, government! Quit basing policy on unsubstantiated fears of global warming!