2014-06-20 18:20:59 UTC
Even using the word "pause" in land or surface temps tacitly admits that the 600 mW / m^2 imbalance in radiation has been accumulating somewhere else, in the ocean and undocumented melted land ice and will, as certain as conservation of energy, eventually reappear in land / surface temps with a vengeance.
This is why Watts back pedaled so furiously on the "pause." He suspects the "pause" is over and will no longer be useful for HFUD.
The real question is why deniers were even using the word "pause" in the first place? Deniers should have been using the word "cessation."
A pause implies that it is a temporary event, a cherry picked time range that will not make it through the low pass filter that matters when it comes to public policy on CO2 management.