In proceeding with caution, governments need to be alert to all the facts, including arguments such as those noted by the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens reprinted in Inquirer today. NASA, he points out, confirms that the hottest year on record was not 1998, as previously believed, but 1934, and that six of the 10 hottest years since 1880 antedate 1954.
And their columnist Janet Albrechtsen repeats it a third time
And much of the media fell dutifully into line, failing to analyse climate change as an unsettled science that must move as the data moves. As Stephens points out, NASA now admits that the hottest year on record was 1934, not the previously reported 1998, and six of the 10 hottest years since 1880 occurred prior to 1954. Accordingly, there was plenty of room for the media to keep an open mind on the science. By and large, that has not happened.
Certainly not at the Australian. It doesn’t look like anyone there has ever seen a graph of global temperatures. There’s one in the draft Garnaut report, but here’s NASA’s:
I expect that next they’ll combine this with their other favourite falsehood (“global warming stopped in 1998″) and start claiming that global warming stopped in 1934.
Hat tip: Nexus 6.