Note that this sentence is a quote from The Economist, a British periodical which has until now been very much pro-AGW. Don't blame this on the author at Flopping Aces. He's just quoting The Economist because that was the break in the dam a few weeks ago, when a very prominent liberal publication finally admitted what many so-called "skeptics" have been saying for a long time: The temperature on earth has been flat for about seventeen years.
But, as a liberal publication, The Economist does not completely turn about face on their long-standing position concerning AGW. (They have to be concerned about reader backlash.) They just point out that someone on the AGW side has some explaining to do.
Thank...I hate to use The Economist in any post on FA but the fact that even a liberal rag would write about the hiding of data shows that the warming alarmists are not winning the argument.