Settled science: ‘The Cause’ has seven excuses for ‘The Pause’

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Paraphrasing Andrew S Tanenbaum, the nice thing about warmist excuses is that you have so many to choose from.

The science is so settled that ‘the Cause’ has at least seven different explanations for ‘the Pause’. And of course, they all studiously avoid the obvious answer: that the climate’s actual sensitivity to increasing CO2 is less than the warmists want it to be.

So here we present the Seven Excuses of the Cause:

Excuse 1 – Low Solar Activity

We all know, from the IPCC down, that high solar activity had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with late 20th century warming. How ridiculous to suggest such a thing! But oddly, low solar activity can be invoked as a reason for a sudden stop in that warming. Go figure.

Excuse 2 – Ocean heat

Ah yes, the old ‘dog ate my warming’ excuse. The oceans have mysteriously sucked all the heat out of the atmosphere and have hidden it deep down, conveniently where nobody can measure it. This makes perfect sense, as everybody knows that in order to heat up a cold bath, all we need to do is turn the fan heater on in the bathroom, right?

Excuse 3 – Coal burning in China

Burning coal has added more particulates to the atmosphere, which has reduced insolation and therefore reduced warming. So burning coal good because it stops global warming, but er, burning coal bad because it causes global warming… ouch, my head hurts.

Excuse 4 – Montreal Protocol

The ‘success’ of the Montreal Protocol in reducing CFCs in the atmosphere, themselves greenhouse gases, is the reason why the planet is not warming as fast. At least it achieved something, then, because the Ozone Hole is still there. But David Karoly says CFCs are a far smaller component of warming than CO2… oh dear, another quandary.

Excuse 5 – Pause? What pause?

The Wilful Blindness excuse. Rather than actually work out why the pause has occurred, it’s much easier just to disappear it (a la Medieval Warm Period) by miraculously cooling the past and pretending that warming is continuing exactly the same, or even better, accelerating. I mean, GISS do it all the time, so who will notice?

Excuse 6 – Volcanoes, not pollution

Please forget you just read Excuse 3 above. It’s the volcanoes what done it.

Excuse 7 – Stratospheric water vapour

Please forget you just read all of the above excuses. It’s this one. No, really. Or all of them. Whatever. Just give us more money.

Thanks to Marc Morano, who has all the links over at the ‘Depot.


  1. The CAGW true believers are as nimble as cockroaches on a hot barbeque plate, however they can keep dancing around the truth and jumping from one foot to another as long as they like but sooner or later they will have to admit it is all scaremongering, none of them seem to talk about how their ‘Gaia God’, James Lovelock, about how he said that as the planet has not warmed the way that the Climate Models said it would warm then the Models are wrong, that is not me saying that it was James ‘Gaia’ Lovelock saying that and he is not the only one who recanted, as soon as any of them come up with any real science that says that they are right then I will believe it, but so far the Truth is that the World is the same today as it has been for milennia, the Ocean is not rising and the World is not getting hotter, for them to say that this is the hottest year ever, when that is not true, that just shows how desperate that they are. N

  2. Anybody with an ounce of knowledge knows that the pause has a direct correlation to the Gillard/Brown Carbon Dioxide Tax and associated legislation.

    When that nasty Typhoon Tony repeals the world-saving legislation, watch the temperature start to rise. 😉

  3. uhavitbad says:

    I’m still waiting for them to claim the success of Kyoto. Oops, did I say that out loud.

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