Um…okay. I guess that’s true if your definition of “anyone” excludes every single scientific agency that concerns itself with climate indicators and those of us who actually look at them. A good dose of boring old real reality from the Union of Concerned Scientists follows:
In response to a question during an ABC News / Washington Post interview today about recent heat waves and record temperatures, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said, “I don’t think that anyone disagrees with the fact that we actually are in a cold period that started about nine years ago.”
Cold period? Not quite. “In fact, climate scientists disagree with Senator Inhofe’s statement,” said Brenda Ekwurzel, a climate scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
According to NASA, 2009 was the second hottest year on record and the past 10 year average was the hottest on record, Ekwurzel pointed out. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, meanwhile, concluded that the first six months of this year are the hottest on record globally. Scientists project that 2010 is on track to be the hottest year on record, unless Pacific ocean conditions drive down surface temperatures.
Sen. Inhofe, who has long questioned the evidence of human-induced climate change, receives a large portion of his campaign funding from the oil and gas industry, which donated $437,000 to his campaign this cycle. The electric utility industry, meanwhile, donated $208,000. Koch Industries, which funds front groups that also deny the reality of climate change, is Inhofe’s top contributor. It has donated $40,000 to his campaign.
Climate contrarians have been losing traction lately. Their baseless conspiracy theories about climate scientists have been contradicted by a number of independent reviews and average global temperatures continue to remain high. Last week, advocates for addressing climate change assembled a symbolic ice sculpture depicting a globe and the phrase “climate deniers” near the Senate. It quickly melted.
I have to confess to having been hopeful that a new record for global temperature would put an end to the “Cooling Stopped” meme, but maybe that was just my own alternate reality….