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"Researchers … agree that no sort of natural variability can hold off greenhouse warming much longer.”
I bring this up (with a big hat tip to Anthony Watts) because at this time last week we were hearing all kinds of nonsense about the polar vortex and global warming and how global warming was making last week's cold spell worse.
Let me be clear: Is the earth's system warmer than 40 years ago? Yes. Has our weather/climate changed? Yes. We have longer growing seasons and it is warmer, especially at night.
But, not only is there no immediate crisis, others are coming around to the idea that -- for the foreseeable future -- global warming is a net plus or, at worst, neutral.
During the holidays, I did a posting about the immorality of pouring more than one hundred billion dollars into this speculative problem while more than a million each year could be easily and (relatively) inexpensively saved from death due to water-borne diseases. Because so many travel over the holidays, I suggest you read that posting if you missed it at the time.
I am going to try to write less about global warming in 2014 because the subject is just too depressing to this atmospheric scientist.