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OH DEAR, THOSE BRITS AGAIN – AT 9:18 A.M. ET:  Just when the U.S. Government thought it had us conned.  As we reported, the feds breathlessly told us yesterday that 2012 was the warmest year on record for the 48 contiguous states.  Well that nails global warming, doesn't it?

No, not really.  John Hinderaker in this morning's Powerline, notes the strange history of these statistics, and doubts their integrity. 

But was 2012 really the warmest year on record in the U.S.? It may have been, but the truth is that we don’t know. There are two reasons for this. First, the historical data sets published by NCDC and NOAA lack integrity. Those organizations, which receive many millions of government dollars to promote global warming theory, do not publish raw data. Rather, as we explained here, they first adjust the data. How do they adjust it? They depress the temperatures that were actually recorded in past decades, in order to make today’s temperatures look warmer by comparison.

And now the British, spoilsports that they are, have a new report out, one day after our government's, that raises some really serious questions about the whole global-warming scheme.  Al Gore, already running for cover, should run some more.  From London's Express:

THE great global warming debate was blown wide open again yesterday when the Met Office predicted cooler than expected temperatures for the next five years.

The Met Office, one of the top cheerleaders for the man-made climate change camp, said global temperatures are likely to be lower than it forecast in December 2011.

It blamed this on the “natural variability of the climate system”, notably changes in ocean surface temperatures.
But the admission was branded as embarrassing as the notorious Barbecue Summer forecast in 2009 which led to a washout where the smell of charcoal grills was largely absent from British gardens.

Thirteen months ago the Met Office predicted that temperatures for 2012-16 would be 0.54C above average.
But now, after using a new experimental computer model, it predicted that in 2013-17 temperatures will be 0.43 above average.

This contrasts with the hottest year on record, 1998, which was 0.4C above the long-term average.

Climate sceptics hailed this as proof that global warming has stopped. David Whitehouse, of Lord Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation, said: “If the latest Met Office prediction is correct, it will prove to be a lesson in humility.

"It will show that the previous predictions given so confidently as advice to the UK Government and so unquestioningly accepted by the media were wrong and that the so-called sceptics who were derided for questioning them were on the right track.”

His colleague Dr Benny Peiser said: “These figures show that in all likelihood we will have had no warming in the past 20 years."

COMMENT:  You know what the reaction of the trendies will be.  Why, these are "flat-Earthers."  They're "anti-science."  They're...they're...CONSERVATIVES!!!  Like BUSH!!!!

But the truth is coming out.  Not that it will matter to the leftists, whose interest in "global warming" is more political than scientific.  They simply want us to live their way because they're just so superior.  And who needs real facts?

January 9, 2013