On a number of occasions, I have talked about how global temperatures peaked in 1998 and have failed to rise since, in spite of ever-rising concentrations of CO2, falsifying the predictions of the United Nation’s IPCC (the Al Gore case for global warming).
Dr. Roger Pielke, Sr. is both a real meteorologist and a real climatologist. He has a cogent and succinct summary of where we are in this post. I encourage anyone concerned about ‘global warming’ to read it. I particularly like this comment:
The risk is that if the IPCC forecasts do not occur as projected, then the credibility of the climate science community will be lost for a long time. This would be tragic as we need an effective climate policy to deal with the threats that climate variability and change pose to society.
As I have said many times, if you are worried about global warming, you are worried about the wrong thing. Neither I, nor anyone else, knows whether the earth will be cooler, the same, or warmer in 5 years. What we need to be doing is building more resilient systems that will serve us well regardless of future weather.