Global warming – that is, its absence – properly displayed

temperatures in fahrenheit

The diagram is from Steve Hayward at Powerline which he includes in a post he titles, The Only Global Warming Chart You Need From Now On. A tad over-optimistic about the AGW crowd actually paying attention to facts and data, but it really is quite an interesting perspective. He writes:

What if you display the same data with the axis starting not just from zero, but from the lower bound of the actual experienced temperature range of the earth? I had never thought of this until an acquaintance sent it along today.

A little hard to get worked up about this, isn’t it? In fact you can barely spot the warming. No wonder you need a college education to believe in the alarmist version of climate change. No wonder the data (click here for original NASA data if you want to replicate it yourself) is never displayed this way in any of the official climate reports.

If this chart were published on the front page of newspapers the climate change crusaders would be out of business instantly.

Alas, it is the people who decide what goes onto the front pages who are most enthralled by climate change. They won’t report anything that fosters a more judicious consideration of the facts because not only do they not believe any of this on principle, they are also unwilling even to discuss any of it in an open forum with those who actually could take them on – Ian Plimer say. For myself, I would prefer that there really were facts to go with the scare than that we should live at such a time when something as obviously untrue as this is so widely believed, and especially by those who are supposedly well educated and are, in theory, trained to take a more sceptical look at issues such as this.

Global warming meets Godzilla – global warming wins

The belief that AGW can be rolled back by evidence is a quaint enlightenment notion that has had about as much evidence as global warming. Apparently, the new Godzilla film is drenched in AGW and anti-nuclear sentiments as well. The title of the review explains the rest: Suspend your reality for Godzilla: It’s an anti-global-warming alarmism smash.

The film opens at a huge quarry, where humanity’s insatiable thirst for fossil fuels (or diamonds or platinum or something) has uncovered a terrifying secret: a pair of radioactive MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms). The point here, nominally, is that man brings about his own destruction by despoiling the planet. However, it’s worth noting that the one of the MUTOs immediately attacks a nuclear power plant, while the other, later, attacks a repository of nuclear waste. In this, the MUTOs feel like close cousins of the worst of the greens, those folks who demand action on climate change yet mindlessly attack nuclear power—the sole technology that could allow us to maintain our standard of living while reducing carbon emissions.

As the film progresses, the intellectual center of the picture is revealed to be Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe), who takes an almost zen-like approach to the MUTOs. He believes that Godzilla, who he has been searching for his entire adult life, is not a threat to humanity but a part of Earth’s natural biosphere. The giant lizard exists to “restore balance.” Serizawa also laments the “arrogance of man” for thinking he can control nature; the good doctor believes that the only way to stop the rampaging MUTOs is to let Godzilla fight them and kill them, to let nature run its course. The leaders of men disagree, opting to try and gather all three of the giant creatures into the same area off America’s west coast, where they will be destroyed by a thermonuclear warhead. This plan backfires, leading to a nuke threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of San Franciscans.

Etc, etc etc. Anyway, great cinematography. And since it’s only a movie, what possible influence could it have?