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Global Cooling Trend Already Underway?

It's winter here in Pennsylvania. That means the furnaces are on and running. The thermostat gets set to, say, 70°F, and the temperature of the building will stay at precisely 70°F — right? Of course not! It fluctuates above and below the specified temperature. I don't remember — and I might never have known — enough high-school physics to say why, but that's just the way it works. And that's just the way the world works, too. There is no stasis in temperature, there is no stasis in weather, and there is no stasis in climate.

Frankly, I don't know which idea is crazier: that we can do anything to cause climate change, or that we can do something to prevent climate change.

From the mid-1970s through the late 1990s, the Earth experienced a warming trend, overall. For the past seven or eight years, the warming trend levelled off — until last year, when the average temperature worldwide plummeted:

A look at temperature anomalies for all 4 global metrics: Part 1 @ Watts Up With That? / 27 February 2008
Average Change in Temperature, Jan. 2007 - Jan. 2008: -0.64°C

Here's a longer, three-decade look at the average:

A look at temperature anomalies for all 4 global metrics: Part 1 @ Watts Up With That? / 27 February 2008
Average Global Temperature, 1979-2007

I think we now know why there has been maniacal We're All Going to Fry Unless We Drown First screaming the past year or two: the warming trend had already stopped, and tell-tale signs of a cooling trend were beginning to appear — including, particularly, a dearth of sun spots. The globalist crowd had to gin up some hysteria before the truth started to become apparent: the truth that human beings had nothing to do with global warming over the latter part of the 20th century.

Of course, the truth will be very, very difficult to get out. After all, if the four measurements illustrated above had demonstrated a dramatic increase in average global temperature last year, it would have been front-page, above-the-fold news in every paper and top-of-the-hour news on every channel. But a dramatic decrease in average global temperature? You have to read the Internet, and especially blogs, to have heard about it.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Thu. 02/28/08 08:59:59 AM
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