What temperature is the earth “supposed” to be? What baseline are we saying it is warming or cooling against?
"It only looks that way if you specifically and only compare 1998 to 2008, which as anyone with a clue knows is a stupid way to analyze trends"
What period of time should we compare it against to determine a trend? A hundred years? A thousand? A million? My point is (as was yours) that if you pick the right time slice, you can find the numbers that fit your any theory you want. Warming. Cooling. Changing. I have a strong suspension that the climate has been changing (at differing rates) and always will change (at differing rates), with or without us.