This Tuesday, Ted Cruz chaired a Senate hearing with the intent of looking at the science behind “claims” of global warming. According to 2016 GOP candidate, satellite data shows that “there has been no significant global warming for the past 18 years.”
“I would note this chart…which shows for the last 18 years, that there has been no significant warming whatsoever,” said Cruz. He then asked Retired Rear Admiral David Titley (who, according to Mother Jones is a meteorologist who previously served as the oceanographer of the Navy), about a “pause in global temperatures.”
[Titley] started out by explaining that Cruz’s dataset begins just before the exceptionally warm El Niño year of 1998. Out of context, this makes recent warming appear less dramatic. As the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change points out [PDF], the warming trend looks much bigger if you pick 1995 or 1996 as the beginning of your dataset.
Titley, who is now a meteorology professor at Penn State, then pointed to his own chart—more than a century’s worth of temperature data that shows an unmistakable warming trend. “I’m just a simple sailor,” said Titley, “but it’s hard for me to see the pause on that chart. So I think the pause has kind of come and gone.”
Titley went to explain how climate scientists misinterpret data to fit their own conclusions.
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