Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey Spreads False Climate Denial Claim: No Warming in Last 10 Years

The lie that refuses to die

It’s become both an article of faith and a litmus test for conservatives to claim that global warming is a “hoax,” presumably staged by evil scientists bent on world domination. This incredibly dangerous ostrich-like thinking is nearly universal on the right wing and in the Republican Party, and yesterday we saw another example at far right blog Hot Air, as Ed Morrissey cited an article by climate change denier James Taylor at Forbes, pushing the long-discredited, utterly false claim that global warming has “stopped” in the last 10 years: Where’s the warming?

Carbon emissions over the past decade actually exceeded predictions by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), no thanks to the global economic recession. According to their anthropogenic global-warming theories, global temperatures should have risen significantly as a result. James Taylor at Forbes wonders what happened:

Global greenhouse gas emissions have risen even faster during the past decade than predicted by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other international agencies. According to alarmist groups, this proves global warming is much worse than previously feared. The increase in emissions “should shock even the most jaded negotiators” at international climate talks currently taking place in Bonn, Germany, the UK Guardian reports. But there’s only one problem with this storyline; global temperatures have not increased at all during the past decade.

Morrissey is greatly impressed by the charts included by Taylor, but apparently can’t be bothered to investigate the truth; he’s more interested in continuing to spread falsehoods to the determinedly ignorant.

These zombie memes are endlessly recycled on the right, and this one has been debunked repeatedly, by many sources, yet it just keeps popping up again as a right wing article of faith, impervious to logic or evidence.

One of the best sites for actual scientific facts (instead of denialist spin funded by energy companies) is Skeptical Science, and a quick search reveals many articles showing how incredibly false this claim is. Just a few examples:

Did global warming stop in 1998?
2010: A Year of Record Warmth and Weird Weather
2009 - 2nd hottest year on record while sun is coolest in a century
Phil Jones - Warming Since 1995 is now Statistically Significant

And here’s an excellent video that examines this bogus claim in detail, showing that it’s based on a deliberate misinterpretation of temperature data.

Youtube Video

But none of this matters to the pig-ignorant base, and people like Morrissey know it. These are the kinds of people they’re appealing to; a Hot Air commenter lays it out:

It doesn’t matter what the science shows (or fails to show), AGW alarmists are marxists who have always known that AGW was b.s., but don’t care. They want to use this to destroy western economies in an effort to bring about the global revolution.

the religion isn’t AGW, it is world-wide socialism. They will use whatever they think will work to try and get there.

People like Bayam never cared about science and never will. There has never been any science associated with AGW. It’s always been a sham and it’s always had the same goal – bigger gov’t, less prosperity.

Monkeytoe on June 13, 2011 at 8:24 AM

It’s easy to mock this kind of idiocy, but it’s incredibly disturbing that people like this are preventing the US from taking action on the most significant threat to human existence. And this is just one comment, out of dozens just as bad.

Ed Morrissey and Hot Air (and the entire right wing for that matter) are going to have a lot to answer for in the coming decades, when denial will no longer be possible and the disastrous effects of their obfuscation are clear to the entire world.

Jump to top

Create a PageThis is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.
Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds Tweet

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Donate with
PayPal
Square Cash Shop at amazon
as an LGF Associate!
Recent PagesClick to refresh
Photos From the 2018 Women’s March in Los Angeles The 2018 Women’s March drew an amazing crowd in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Daily News puts the attendance at 500 thousand. The peaceful rally was but one of many to happen today all across the country. I’m glad ...
Mathew Foresta
9 hours, 41 minutes ago
Views: 113 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Trump Claims Credit for What Is Still Mostly Obama’s Economy pmhttps://Image: ap18017655886936.jpg By Christopher S. Rugaber | The Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018 at 7:02 WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump relentlessly congratulates himself for the healthy state of the U.S. economy, with its steady growth, low unemployment, busier factories and ...
Cheechako
9 hours, 52 minutes ago
Views: 105 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Russian Networks Pushing #ReleaseTheMemo Meme WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations are pushing a conservative meme related to the investigation of Russian election interference, researchers say. The purported Russian activity involves the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo, a reference to a secret congressional ...
Thanos
1 day ago
Views: 110 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Shout Out Louds - ‘Jumbo Jet’ (Live at WFUV)wfuv.org • Follow @wfuv: ow.ly Shout Out Louds perform "Jumbo Jet" live in Studio A. Recorded 11.1.17. Host: Alisa AliAudio: Brian CullenCameras: Brian Gallagher, Dan Tuozzoli, Tyler Newfell, and Alexandra ReillyEditor: Tyler Newfell & Brian Gallagher
Thanos
1 day, 9 hours ago
Views: 125 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Improving the World of Sportsblog.timesunion.com Billy Joel once said, “The good old days weren’t always good, tomorrow’s not as bad as it seems.” From one native Long Islander to another let me just say, “Billy, you may be on to something.” I’m not one ...
rhoffman
2 days, 22 hours ago
Views: 266 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Comments: 0
: 1
First Footage From the New Kodak Super 8 Film Camera Can't wait to get my hands on one. Probably gonna rent 'cause $2500 or more. But what a great look. One of Kodak’s goals is to make this new Kodak Super 8 camera “as easy to use as any ...
Unshaken Defiance
4 days, 12 hours ago
Views: 466 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Grandparents Say ‘God Called’ on Perris Couple to Have So Many Children The couple accused of shackling their 13 children in filthy conditions in a Perris home were deeply religious and believed God had called on them to have so many kids, according to the grandparents of the children.David and Louise ...
Thanos
5 days, 1 hour ago
Views: 536 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
How Russia Says It Swatted Down a Drone Swarm in Syria On the night of January 5, a swarm of explosives-laden small drones, apparently controlled by Syrian rebels, attacked two Russian bases in western Syria, the Kremlin confirmed on Thursday. Authorities claim that Russian defenses destroyed or disabled all of ...
Thanos
6 days, 23 hours ago
Views: 825 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 4 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Woman at Center of Greitens Story Asks for Privacy; Greitens Asks Lawmakers for Forgiveness The woman’s plea for privacy came as Greitens was contacting state lawmakers to apologize for the scandal, which has stalled action in the Legislature and upended Missouri’s political world. Five Republican lawmakers told the Post-Dispatch that they received calls ...
Thanos
1 week ago
Views: 794 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 3 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Hawaii Missile False Alarm Triggers Shock, Blame and Apologies Residents and visitors in Hawaii have been recalling the shock of a false missile alarm, with many saying they thought they were going to die. The alert of an incoming ballistic missile was sent wrongly on Saturday morning by ...
Thanos
1 week ago
Views: 717 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0