I have almost never written on the science of global warming. The depth of pseudoscience and absurd nonsense to which the global temperature question has sunk to is mind-boggling.
Take a look at this complaint about UK journalist David Rose’s article. The complainant (aka ‘greener blogger’) says the article is “inaccurate, “misleading”, distorts “the truth”, necessitates the Press Complaints Commission “to interview Prof Myles Allen”, the newspaper to “retract”, “present a “correction” and give the correction “equal prominence”. The missing stipulations are methods by which Rose is to be quartered.
Rose’s point was about the flat trend in global average temperatures. The blogger feels thinks this an issue because global temperatures are going up.
When the continuing increase of ocean temperature is included, a statistically significant increase in the world’s average temperature has continued since 1997.
Is that how we measure something? Use a metric. Switch over to another one when inconvenient? Do we splice together different data in such manner? Not only is this scientifically indefensible, it is eye-watering hypocrisy.
Of course, ‘greener blogger’ is not alone in jumping to the ocean for help. The type of thinking gives rise to a number of questions:
 At once it is claimed that skeptics are illusionists for seeing and showing ‘pauses’ in meandering temperature where none exist, and, that there is a ‘pause’ which is explained by “heat” going into ocean depths. Which one is it?
If the latter explanation is to be believed, then all the bullshit about there not being a flat trend in temperatures is just that – bullshit. The bashing on people for simply asking “why is the temperature not going up?” was just sheer posturing?
 If the explanation for the pause is obvious, why was the pause not predicted? How do you know it is a ‘pause’? You didn’t know there was going to be one.
 If heat that’s going into the oceans will come back to ‘haunt us’, how do we know the heat which haunted the 2nd half of the 20th century wasn’t from a previous episode, but due to CO2?
 If ocean temperature is the “real deal”, why were you guys measuring atmospheric temperatures all these years?
 Why is global warming hiding in the deep oceans where no one can measure it?
 Why did scientists fervently research deep ocean warming all the while mocking people for asking where the heat was?
 Why did the heat suddenly decide to go into the oceans now?
 The climate models did not contain any pause because they do not include the mechanism that produces it, isn’t it? Why are you using them then?
 If the oceans are now determined to have such a profound influence on global surface temperature, how did you manage to blame the previous temperature rise on anthropogenic CO2 using models that did not include this effect?
 If the flat trend is real, the rate of warming is slower that predicted. This means it is not as worse as you thought, isn’t it?
 You did not predict it. This means you did not know what was going on, isn’t it?
I doubt we should be pulling newspaper articles in fear of criticism from self-appointed green busybodies whose knowledge of global temperature is from such sources as the Wikipedia witch doctor William Connolley. In a pathetic twist, a video the complaining green blogger relied on to make his case has been flushed down the drain. A fine piece of pseudoscience while up and running, it showed how ENSO, volcanoes, sunlight, moonlight and other ‘influences’ could be (magically) removed from the temperature curve to show unabated CO2 global warming.
If the flat trend continues, I wonder how long it’ll be before another jewel from the collection, the ‘escalator’ graph, comes down. That may be asking for too much. It has to dawn on its owners, that explaining the flat trend by ‘deep ocean heating’ involves accepting the flatness to be real.