UPDATE! The Sky's Not Falling! The Sky's Not Falling!
"NASA has now silently released corrected figures, and the changes are truly astounding. The warmest year on record is now 1934. 1998 (once called the hottest year on record) moves to second place. 1921 takes third. In fact, 5 of the 10 warmest years on record now all occur before World War II."
UPDATE: This posting, and our conversation about this news, has inspired quite a backlash in the email bag (firstname.lastname@example.org). Most of the emails insist that NASA hasn't updated anything and I'm making this all up. Let me help as much as I can.
First, the words in blue are links to my sources of information. Use them and you will find data and analysis from people much smarter than yours truly. You will also find the source NASA data, which I am linking here and here to speed the process for you.
Second, this column by Mark Steyn lays out the story of the new data. As I said on the air Friday (and some angry Gorons can't grasp), this isn't new data from "some guy." The guy in question, Steve McIntyre, analyzed NASA's data, found the flaw, and contacted NASA who, begrudgingly admitted their error (begrudgingly) and then quietly updated the data.
It's not a blogger admitting that our temperatures have been flat for a decade--it's NASA.
What this means is that every time you hear some GPS (Global Panic Sh...er "Snothead") shout "1998 is the warmest year on record! This is the hottest decade ever!," they're simply wrong. Period. They don't have the facts.
I, for one, think it's good news that the Earth Mother isn't about to roast us to death for the sin of re-elected GWBush. The Left doesn't agree. As with Iraq, the only good news is bad news. Determined as they are to wish doom and gloom upon America, they will almost certainly announce that the complete lack of warming since 1998 is actually more proof of devastating anthropomorphic climate change.
They will continue to push for any and all virgins currently employed by the oil industry--if any--to be cast into a volcano post-haste.
Once you abandons science, everything starts to make sense.
Meanwhile, normal people will continue to ask the two questions that matter:
1--Are we sure that human beings are doing more to screw with the Earth's weather than, say, the Sun? (answer: No. We're not sure. We might, we might not.)
2--If we are having a significant impact, will the world be a better place if we spend trillions of dollars, throw millions out of work and slow the economic development of people currently living in mud huts, as opposed to letting the Earth do what it's going to do while we plant crops in Greenland (again). (Answer: We don't know that, either)
Remember the indisputable truth: The world has been warmer than it is today and colder than it is today, just since Christ's time. It will get warmer and colder again, no matter what we do. Nobody panicked when grapes grew in "Ice"-land, and nobody panicked when parts of modern Germany were abandoned during the Little Ice Age.
Why panic now? Why not just be honest, do the science and pay attention?
Oh, I forgot--the point isn't to save the world. The point is to hate America.