Part of the reason for the slow season is that tropical western Atlantic sea surface temperatures (SSTs) are running about normal, if not slightly below normal. In contrast, at the same time last year SSTs in the same region were running well above normal.
But this is just an anomaly - a meaningless data spike that doesn't affect the larger trend, isn't it? The long term still spells doom, right? Well, not according to that pesky science (always getting in the way):
The cooler SSTs in the Atlantic are not an isolated anomaly. In a research paper being published next month in Geophysical Research Letters, scientists will show that between 2003 and 2005, globally averaged temperatures in the upper ocean cooled rather dramatically, effectively erasing 20% of the warming that occurred over the previous 48 years.
Hmmm... An increase in SSTs = Global Warming. So a decrease in SSTs should = Global Cooling. Right? Anyone? Anyone? As I've said before, it's exactly the same logic.
Good thing we have all of the environmentalists' and liberal politicians' hot air to keep us warm during the coming chill.
I'm embarrassed when conservatives embrace junk science like Intelligent Design. Many conservatives are. So why don't liberals, so smug and proud about their devotion to science and reason, stop ignoring significant data that contravenes what they see as a vote getting issue? Ah. That's why.
No political party has a monopoly on subverting science for political gain. But if creationists get their way, the worst thing that happens is that some kids in Pennsylvania have to re-take biology from people who actually know what they're talking about, or just stay ignorant while working in jobs that probably doesn't require an intimate knowledge of how the As, Ts, Gs, and Cs work in DNA. If, on the other hand, the rabid environmentalists get their way, thousands of businesses will fail, the US economy will nose-dive, outdoor recreation will be a thing of the past, energy prices will REALLY rise due to tax increases, inflation will make people yearn for the halcyon days of Carter stagflation, and we will all have to live in crowded, high efficiency apartments unless you become a Democratic candidate for President or a university professor.
I know which group I'll take my chances with.