Temperatures haven't risen for 15 years. Is that significant? Yes, said America's NOAA back in 2008.
Iceland's temperature record has been repeatedly "adjusted" (go on, guess the effect of the adjustments). If that type of adjustment has been repeated elsewhere, should we believe even this temperature flatlining? Could we be experiencing global cooling?
People wanting to make an economic case for exploiting shale feel a need to make obeisance to the demon of global warming - because they want to make the case that even those who believe CO2 is bad for us shouldn't oppose extraction from shale.
Fair enough. Even if you believe that outmoded superstition, shale extraction still makes economic and even environmental sense.
But don't get bogged down in the spurious argument about CO2. The temperature record says it's not doing us any harm. (In fact a little more of what plants fancy probably does us good.)
It's the green fanatics who oppose the principle of extracting oil and gas from shale.
Say no to ever higher energy bills. Say yes to exploiting shale.