Sen. Inhofe Gets It Wrong On "Jackasses," "Global Warming Alarmism"

March 17, 2010 2:54 pm ET

During a Senate Floor speech on March 15, 2010, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) embarked on a long, meandering journey smearing Al Gore, climate scientists, and clean energy. In particular, Inhofe criticized the "created science" showing "anthropogenic jackasses" (he meant to say "gases") cause global warming. Yet contrary to Inhofe's claims, the science shows the last decade was the warmest on record.

Sen. Inhofe Decries "Created" Science Behind Global Warming "Jackasses"

Sen. Jim Inhofe:

We've heard a lot about him. He was the one who was actually assembling a lot of the science or so-called science, or creating the science, I should say, to support the position of those who believe that anthropogenic jackasses [sic*] cause global warming.

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Weekly Standard recently placed Al Gore on its cover. We have that right here, showing that the emperor has no clothes, the cover story by Steven Hayward of the Weekly Standard is entitled "Denial: The Meltdown of the Climate Campaign." Hayward writes a compelling narrative of Climategate and its consequences. This story is a must read for anyone interested in the recent implosion of global warming alarmism. [Inhofe Floor Speech, 3/17/10]

*Media Matters Action Network assumes Sen. Inhofe meant to say "gases," not "jackasses."

It's Not "Alarmism" If It's True - The Earth Is Warming

The Last Decade Has Been The Hottest On Record.  According to the MetOffice, the United Kingdom's national weather service, "The ten warmest years on record have occurred since 1997. Global temperatures for 2000-2008 now stand almost 0.2 °C warmer than the average for the decade 1990-1999." The chart appears below:

[UK Met Office, accessed 10/16/09]

NOAA: "The 2000 - 2009 Decade Will Be The Warmest On Record." According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the Department of Commerce:

  • Global land and ocean annual surface temperatures through October are the fifth warmest on record, at 1.01 degrees F above the long-term average.
  • NOAA scientists project 2009 will be one of the 10 warmest years of the global surface temperature record, and likely finish as the fourth, fifth or sixth warmest year on record.
  • The 2000 - 2009 decade will be the warmest on record, with its average global surface temperature about 0.96 degree F above the 20th century average. This will easily surpass the 1990s value of 0.65 degree F.
  • Ocean surface temperatures (through October) were the sixth warmest on record, at 0.85 degree F above the 20th century average.
  • Land surface temperatures through October were the fifth warmest on record, at 1.44 degree F above the 20th century average.
  • Arctic sea ice extent reached its third smallest annual minimum on record behind 2007 and 2008. The past five years have produced the lowest sea ice extents on record. [NOAA, accessed 12/9/09]

World Meteorological Organization: The 2000s Are The Warmest Decade On Record. According to the World Meteorological Organization, "The year 2009 is likely to rank in the top 10 warmest on record since the beginning of instrumental climate records in 1850, according to data sources compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The global combined sea surface and land surface air temperature for 2009 (January-October) is currently estimated at 0.44°C ± 0.11°C (0.79°F ± 0.20°F) above the 1961-1990 annual average of 14.00°C/57.2°F. The current nominal ranking of 2009, which does not account for uncertainties in the annual averages, places it as the fifth-warmest year. The decade of the 2000s (2000-2009) was warmer than the decade spanning the 1990s (1990-1999), which in turn was warmer than the 1980s (1980-1989). More complete data for the remainder of the year 2009 will be analysed at the beginning of 2010 to update the current assessment." [WMO, accessed 12/9/09]

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