In his July 23 Washington Post column, George Will repeated National Review Online columnist Mark Steyn’s false claim that “[i]f you’re 29, there has been no global warming for your entire adult life. If you’re graduating high school, there has been no global warming since you entered first grade.” (…)
In fact, Steyn’s claim is false: While 1998’s annual global average temperature set a record high that has not since been matched in most datasets, climate experts have identified a long-term warming trend and reject the notion that global warming has slowed or stopped.
In the wake of Climaquiddick, Media Matters’ smug certainty now sounds pretty pathetic. Especially since no less a personage than Tim Flannery, Chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council and long-time global warming alarmist, admitted on Tuesday that Steyn was right:
When we come to the last few years when we haven’t seen a continuation of that (warming) trend we don’t understand all of the factors that create earth’s climate…We just don’t understand the way the whole system works… See, these people work with models, computer modelling. So when the computer modelling and the real world data disagree you’ve got a very interesting problem… Sure for the last 10 years we’ve gone through a slight cooling trend.
I haven’t spotted a retraction and apology to Steyn and Will on the Media Matters site. I’ll keep looking.
A related aside: the taxpayer-funded CBC in particular, and Canada in general, have endured well-deserved beat downs this week. However, do note that a handful of us aren’t completely useless. (No need to actually watch this video clip; the screen shot says it all):