Senator Fielding has rejected the science and now claims:
Over the last 15 years, global temperatures haven’t been going up and, therefore, there hasn’t been in the last 15 years a period of global warming,
Clearly there was never any chance of convincing someone who can look at a graph like this one and not see any increase in temperature since the mid 90s:
Fielding has released a reply from his four denialists to the answers to his questions. Basically they just continue to insist that global warming stopped in 1998. Tamino takes them apart with lots of graphs:
It’s appropriate to end this post with a quote from Timothy Chase in recent reader comments:
… anyone who tries to establish the trend in global average temperature with much less than fifteen years data is — in my view — either particularly ignorant of the science, or what is more likely, some sort of flim-flam artist …
That certainly includes Steve Fielding and Bob Carter. At least Fielding has an excuse; he’s “particularly ignorant of the science.” As for Carter …
Update: Joanne Nova tries to support Fielding’s claim by streeeetching the graph horizontally. Alas, this just makes the slope appear to less. It does not make it go away. Ignorant of the science or a flim-flam artist?