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They’re not issuing any press releases about it. But they have quietly revised their All-Time Hit Parade for U.S. temperatures. The “hottest year on record” is no longer 1998, but 1934. Another alleged swelterer, the year 2001, has now dropped out of the Top 10 altogether, and most of the rest of the 21st century – 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 – plummeted even lower down the Hot 100. In fact, every supposedly hot year from the Nineties and this decade has had its temperature rating reduced. Four of America’s Top 10 hottest years turn out to be from the 1930s, that notorious decade when we all drove around in huge SUVs with the air-conditioning on full-blast. If climate change is, as Al Gore says, the most important issue anyone’s ever faced in the history of anything ever, then Franklin Roosevelt didn’t have a word to say about it.
I’m all for quitting the reliance on foreign oil, (not going to happen anytime soon, even with the famous Prius. Why? Plastics) and I’m all for quiet motor vehicles running off the sun, and I’m not at all certain that climate changes are unnatural whether we’re here or not.
You have to admit that the changes in “the hottest years on record” has been only ever so quietly introduced.
Mark Steyn tries to make it a little louder.