“No Global Warming”? April 2015 was the 3rd warmest April on Record for Planet Earth
Marc Morano of the Exxon-funded and Chevron-funded website Climate Depot declared in April 2015 that “There is no global warming crisis! … now going on almost two decades of no global warming.” Echoing the same theme, Nancy J. Thorner of Lake Bluff, Illinois wrote a letter to the editor of the Madison-St. Clair Record complaining that schools are teaching children that global warming is real when really, she claims, “there has been no global warming for 18 full years.” Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer is running for Governor of Kentucky on a platform of denying the existence of global warming, while taking campaign money from coal and oil operators (example | example | example | example | example | example). In an April 2015 debate, Comer declared flatly that “We’ve had a very severe winter this year with 12-inch snows, so there is no global warming.”
Let’s set aside Comer’s confusion between local weather and global temperature for a moment and ask what temperatures were doing in April 2015, while these three individuals were airing the “no global warming message.” Over the weekend, new data released by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies indicate that across the globe, April 2015 was the 3rd warmest April in the 135-year NASA record. The following are the ten warmest Aprils for the globe in that record:
|#3: 2007 (tied)|
And here are the ten coolest Aprils for the globe in that record:
Looks like a pattern, doesn’t it? Just in case you think I’m picking extremes to prove my point, let’s look at all the global temperature levels for the month of April across all the years in the NASA dataset:
If you’ve been funded by the coal and oil industries, this pattern is called “no global warming.” What do you call it?