By James Kwak
That’s the average global temperature from 1998 through 2008, according to NASA. This, of course, is what enabled George Will to write, in 2009, “according to the U.N. World Meteorological Organization, there has been no recorded global warming for more than a decade.”
Of course, George Will is just a run-of-the-mill climate change denier with a gift for mis-using statistics. In this case, he was probably citing a World Meteorological Organization study that said, “The long-term upward trend of global warming, mostly driven by greenhouse gas emissions, is continuing. . . . The decade from 1998 to 2007 has been the warmest on record.” And here’s the long-term picture, also from NASA:
You all know this, so why am I bringing it up?
Well, look at this, from J. D. Kleinke of AEI in The Wall Street Journal:
Those are annual percentage changes in nominal terms, so his point is that annual increases are going down. But what does the long term look like?