(Paraphrased for brevity and clarity)
Alarmist: The climate denier’s claim that there has been an 18-year pause in Global Warming is false. Look at the anomalies from 1996 to now; the data doesn’t support it.
Me: First, what’s “Global Warming”? I though that was “unscientific”now, and everyone had to use “Global Climate Disruption”. Pick a goalpost.
Second, who’s a “climate denier”? I claim that climate changes by definition; you claim that all observed changes are human driven. I think YOU are denying climate.
Third, what data? If you can post “anomalies”, you can post actual measured temperatures. Why the added complexity, and difficulty finding raw data?
Alarmist: The deniers set the start point at 1996. That’s their cherry-pick, not mine.
Me: Because the claim was made that a 17-year pause would be required to challenge AGW, and we started measuring. But okay, since you insist on measuring in “anomalies”, how do they look if we start from 1050 AD?