So worried, that even the New York Times is acknowledging that global warming has plateaued for the last 15 years (actually 16 years) " even as greenhouse gases have accumulated in the atmosphere at a record pace." But they offer up plenty of other theories, including that extra heat is being trapped in the deep ocean. In a final disingenuous argument, the Times states:
However, our weather is no crazier than it has ever been -- in fact, tornado and hurricane activity is at a low.
Now, here is a crucial piece of background: It turns out we had an earlier plateau in global warming, from roughly the 1950s to the 1970s, and scientists do not fully understand that one either. A lot of evidence suggests that sunlight-blocking pollution from dirty factories may have played a role, as did natural variability in ocean circulation. The pollution was ultimately reduced by stronger clean-air laws in the West.
Today, factory pollution from China and other developing countries could be playing a similar role in blocking some sunlight. We will not know for sure until we send up satellites that can make better measurements of particles in the air.
What happened when the mid-20th-century lull came to an end? You guessed it: an extremely rapid warming of the planet.
So, if past is prologue, this current plateau will end at some point, too, and a new era of rapid global warming will begin. That will put extra energy and moisture into the atmosphere that can fuel weather extremes, like heat waves and torrential rains.
We might one day find ourselves looking back on the crazy weather of the 2010s with a deep yearning for those halcyon days.
When the NYT has to admit that there are problems with global warming theory, you know that the priests of global warming are worried--and perhaps facing a crises of faith among their believers.