Interestingly enough, one of the major parties in the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit's Climategate scandal, Phil Jones, is backing away from an e-mail he wrote back in 2009 where he stated "Bottom line: the 'no upward trend' has to continue for a total of 15 years before we get worried." Now that those 15 years have passed, he's now saying that period is 20 years. I expect that if the trend continues or takes a downward trend he'll push that back to 25 or 30 years. No matter what, he isn't likely to admit that he might be wrong. That's interesting considering he based his catastrophic AGW projections based on only 15 years of upward trends. He can't have it both ways.
I've gone all over the web over the past week or so looking at comments regarding the report. To read some of them you'd think the folks at the Met Office had committed high treason. But that's the way it is with fanatics of any stripe (and some of the AGW faithful are fanatics) - facts won't sway them from their firmly held beliefs.
The Met Office didn't make any predictions. It didn't say global warming was just so much bunk. All it did was report the results of many years of temperature readings from all over the globe and show that for the last 15 years there has been no upward trend. But because it doesn't fit in with the narrative the report must be wrong or someone (the Koch Brothers are always a handy target) must have bought off the folks at they Met Office. Those are the only two acceptable explanations to the AGW faithful. Their beliefs don't allow them to even think they might be wrong.
I wonder what these folks would think if the ice starts covering ever greater portions of the poles and makes its way towards the equator? I have no doubt it will be something right out of Fallen Angels.