Limbaugh Distorts Numbers To Downplay Global Warming Science

Rush Limbaugh, last Friday:

I read something the other day that says in the last four years, surface temperatures on average have not gone up. They’ve gone down one-tenth of a degree Celsius. If they’re trending anywhere, they’re trending down the last four years.

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, 1/24/06:

The year 2005 was the warmest year in over a century, according to NASA scientists studying temperature data from around the world. “¦

The result indicates that a strong underlying warming trend is continuing. Global warming since the middle 1970s is now about 0.6 degrees Celsius (C) or about 1 degree Fahrenheit (F). Total warming in the past century is about 0.8° C or about 1.4° F.

“The five warmest years over the last century occurred in the last eight years,” said James Hansen, director of NASA GISS. They stack up as follows: the warmest was 2005, then 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

Rush may not like the scientific facts, but he’s not entitled to create his own.