Senator Fielding has rejected the science and now claims:
Over the last 15 years, global temperatures haven’t been going up and, therefore, there hasn’t been in the last 15 years a period of global warming,
Clearly there was never any chance of convincing someone who can look at a graph like this one and not see any increase in temperature since the mid 90s:
[UPDATED – Be sure and read the linked article at Open Mind. It nicely demonstrates that looking at the last 40 years or so one decade at a time, there is very little apparent heating and very large error bars. But when you look at the entire period, there is definitely heating and much lower error bars. As usual deniers cherry pick data.]
Poor Australia. I’m sure glad all of our politicians are able to examine a graph. It makes it so much easier to hold an adult conversation about climate change. /snark
So many people see only what they want to see. It is like some kind of weird kind of optical illusion. From this chart, without looking at anything else, you can see that there are 20-30 year periods where the temperature goes up split by a 30 year period where it stayed the same.
It goes up but never comes down. Perhaps we are entering another period of stasis. That would only suggest that another period would follow where the temperature goes up again.
But we do look at other things, and we have an extremely good idea why things get hotter. We may not be able to explain year to year variations but it comes very close to being able to explain what we have seen in this graph and what we might expect to see in the future.
Simply saying global warming has stopped tells us nothing. It is simply kicking the can down the road for someone else to deal with.