Are Temperatures And Ocean Levels Rising Dangerously? Not Really. By Dom Armentano

There is some difficulty measuring ocean levels, but the temperature levels are unambiguously ambiguous, yielding no firm conclusion as to whether things are getting hotter, colder, or staying the same. From Dom Armentano at lewrockwell.com:

There are two widely held climate-change beliefs that are simply not accurate.  The first is that there has been a statistically significant warming trend in the U.S. over the last 20 years. The second is that average ocean levels are rising alarmingly due to man-made global warming. Neither of these perspectives is true;  yet  both remain important, nonetheless,  since both are loaded with  very expensive  public policy implications.

To refute the first view, we turn to data generated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the relevant years under discussion.  The table below reports the average mean temperature in the continental U.S. for the years 1998 through 2019*:

1998 54.6 degrees
1999 54.5 degrees
2000 54.0 degrees
2001 54.3 degrees
2002 53.9 degrees

2003 53.7 degrees

2004 53.5 degrees

2005 54 degrees

2006 54.9 degrees
2007 54.2 degrees
2008 53.0 degrees
2009 53.1 degrees
2010 53.8 degrees
2011 53.8 degrees
2012 55.3 degrees
2013 52.4 degrees
2014 52.6 degrees
2015 54.4 degrees
2016 54.9 degrees
2017 54.6 degrees
2018 53.5 degrees
2019 52.7 degrees

*National Climate Report – Annual 2019

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