Robert Speiser pointed out in a recent letter that the United Kingdom Met Office refuted the statement that, based on their own data, there has been no global warming for the last 16 years ("Science helps compromise," Jan. 6).

The refutation included a claim that the time interval was cherry picked. But according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adinistration in its "State of the Climate in 2008," any interval of 15-plus years of observed absence of warming is sufficient to constitute a discrepancy with Anthropogenic Global Warming at the 95 percent level.

Speiser correctly notes that science isn't about wishes or opinions. A paper has not yet been published that successfully links human CO2 emissions — or even atmospheric CO2 levels — to global climate.

Kerry Thompson

North Salt Lake