I don't know what to tell you, friend. It's a fact.
The temp spike in 1998 was a result of El Nino, over the last decade, which is still a pretty small sample size, there has been no significant change in global temp.
I've included this link for your viewing pleasure. Boring at first but then gets good when Global Warming is exposed as just another excuse to tax Citizens. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFK-UTGH1Zw&NR=1
I wish everyone discussing climate change would step back from their ledge and consider the middle ground:
One side needs to fess up and admit that the math behind the theory of global warming is pretty darn solid. The greenhouse gases resist the sun's radiation very, very well to the extent that the energy is significantly weakened as it hits the earth. As a result, there is a much greater likelihood that any radiation that has come into contact with greenhouse gases will stay within the atmosphere, where it will radiate its energy in the form of heat. And it's not like this math is that complicated. I've done the basic proof, and I have an accounting degree.
On the other hand, no one has been able to definitively prove that pumping X amount of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere will cause Y amount of radiant temperature gain. There are a ton of other factors that could mitigate, or even amplify, the impact of greenhouse gases that experiments have a hard time modeling simply due to the size of the earth and the massive number of variables that are in effect on a system that large. Also, the amount of data available is just not enough to make a statistically significant determination about something as old as this planet. I've seen the proof here, too. Anyone with who's taken a stats class can do it. The link between current climate fluctuations and greenhouse gas emissions cannot absolutely
be made, so other alternatives must be considered as potential contributors with respect to our current situation (sun spots, ya'll?).
So we have a product that can be dangerous... and we're not sure if it's actually being deleterious to life yet. How about we start reigning in our emissions now so that we don't get to that point anytime soon? Let's not go crazy and never drive our cars again or turn off every coal-fired plant in the world tomorrow. We need to consider that economic disruptions can be just as bad for mankind as climate change in the short-term, but let's not ignore the fact that in the long term, if we keep going the way we had been going, something bad will eventually