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In 1999, then-NASA-GISS chief Hansen still acknowledged: “The U.S. has warmed during the past century, but the warming hardly exceeds year-to-year variability. Indeed, in the U.S. the warmest decade was the 1930s and the warmest year was 1934.” Sadly, GISS and the National Climate Data Center (NCDC) now claim 1998 beat 1934 by 0.2F, a flip of 1.1F since Hansen’s 1999 acknowledgment.

Independent WeatherBell.com’s J. D’Aleo sums up (http://www.weatherbell.com) “The ‘dust bowl deniers’ have pretty much ensured that every month, season, year and decade will rank now among the warmest ever and The Weather Channel can make the ridiculous claim that we are now warmer than since dinosaurs walked the earth.”

My credentials for submitting the above feature 27 years as a Simultaneous Interpreter at U.N. Headquarters in NYC - a most sobering experience indeed - including direct involvement with the “Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” (IPCC) and participation at the 1992 U.N. Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). My subject line aphorism occurred to me in the 1990’s, partly triggered by bizarre rhetoric I had already processed.

Hans Kurr,

Indian Lake

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