Lamar Smith, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives committee on science, space, and technology, allowed his committee to tweet this:
It refers to an article in Breitbart News by “journalist” James Delingpole. Delingpole’s complaint is that after temperature dropped following the recent monster el Niño, the press didn’t herald that event.
You might as well complain that after news outlets report flooding in Miami because sea level rise has made high tide so much higher, they didn’t do a special report about the return from high tide to low tide.
This particular exercise in nonsense didn’t start with Delingpole. He was echoing David Rose in the U.K. Daily Mail, who got the ball rolling. The same idea was given a snappier title by Ross Clark in the U.K. Spectator.
The sordid little episode doesn’t end there. Enter WUWT commentator Eric Worrall. He actually claims that the 1°C temperature drop isn’t a return from el Niño conditions because Mike Mann said that it “was responsible for less than 0.1C of the anomalous warmth.”
Read the rest of what Worrall quotes, and you might pick up on the fact that Mann was talking about 2015, not 2016 when the el Niño warmth really kicked in. Look deeper, you’ll find out that Mann was talking about its effect on the yearly average, not the monthly values which are the basis for this whole “temperatures plunge” thing. Monthly excursions are bigger than yearly, after all.
For those who are interested in facts, here’s the data on which the whole brouhaha is based:
I’ll close with a comment from someone we should actually be proud of: Bernie Sanders, for responding to the House committee’s tweet with this:
Where’d you get your PhD? Trump University?
UPDATE: Some extra graphs, for a special guest:
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