John McLean, the guy who kept guiding Andrew Bolt off cliffs, has this time taken Bob Carter and Chris de Freitas with him. As tamino explains, they say that recent warming trends can be attributed to natural variation, but their analysis removed the trend from the data. See also McLean’s defence and Robert Grumbine’s lucid post. James Annan exposes another error – they fit a step function to that data and conclude that there is step in the data merely because there is a step in the fitted step function. John Lott made the same mistake in his “more guns, less crime” argument, as I showed here.
McLean et al needs to be added to the list of the worst climate papers published in proper journals.