You do have to admire the chutzpah – the real problem isn’t that there has been a pause in warming, but rather that there has been no cooling.
The slowing in the rate of warming over the last 15 years is not in the least surprising. We have seen a combination of the solar minimum, anthropogenic aerosol emissions and back-to-back La Niñas.
What is surprising – and what is deeply concerning to me and almost entirely missed in the media commentary – is that we have not cooled dramatically over the last 15 years.
Really? – the temperature plateau is not surprising? Why then didn’t anyone say so? Every year when I reproduce the Phil Jones test showing no statistically significant trend in the rate of temperature increase the greenies go wild – now they knew it all along.