Jane Chastain writes in her June 18 WorldNetDaily column:
A graduation is supposed to be about the graduates. Instead Obama made it about him, or his latest political cause du jour. Not only that, he tried to scare these young people right out of their caps and gowns by telling them, “The 18 warmest years on record have all happened since you graduates were born.” Either the president didn’t have his facts straight, or he lied.
According to the most recent RSS satellite data, a brief 16-year warming period ended in 1997, about the time most of these graduates were 5 years old.
Obama does have his facts straight, and Chastain does not. The World Meterological Organzation points out that 13 of the 14 warmest years occurred in the 21st century, and as far back as 2010, 18 of the warmest years on record occurred since 1992, when the college graduates Obama addressed were likely born.
Chastain is even more wrong to claim that "a brief 16-year warming period ended in 1997." In fact, the overall trend of warmer temperatures has been going on since the 1950s, and the fact that 13 of the 14 warmest years have occurred in the 21st century seems to contradict her claim that global warming "ended in 1997."