James A. Shapiro, like many alarmists are upset at the Wall Street Journal for publishing the op-ed piece, entitled “No Need To Panic About Global Warming” Specifically, the item which has his panties in a wad is a statement in the piece which stated, “Perhaps the most inconvenient fact is the lack of global warming for well over 10 years now.”
Hysterically, Mr. Shapiro attempts to refute this assertion by quoting NOAA, which states, “This year tied 1997 as the 11th warmest year since records began in 1880…”, adamantly asserting we should panic. Apparently, Mr. Shapiro doesn’t understand the concept of the suffix “-ing” Or, perhaps he doesn’t understand the concept of “10 years”. More likely, given his attempt at refutation, he’s having difficulties with both. He also quoted the incomplete BEST study, which last temp data point is March of 2010, nearly two years ago.
Thinking I could be wrong, I took my shoes off and counted just to be sure. And, yep! 1997 was longer than 10 years ago! I checked several dictionaries and grammar sites. Apparently, in this context, when using a root word such as warm with the suffix “ing”, it creates a thingy we like to call a present participle! For instance, if I say I’m running, it means I’m actively(presently) engaged in the idea conveyed by the word run. So, warming means presently warming. Not, that it once warmed, or that it may warm, but rather it is currently warming.
To review: More than 10 years ago, the globe quit warming……
The globe had warmed before this……….
BEST graph! Please note: BEST data is land only and shouldn’t be used for global temp study.
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