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Despite a report posted Thursday at Real Science that says there has been "almost no net change in temperature" in the northern hemisphere since 1866, White House science adviser John Holdren blames global warming for the record cold temperatures seen in many parts of the country in a video released by the administration, The Gateway Pundit said Wednesday.

"If you’ve been hearing that extreme cold spells like the one that we’re having in the United States now disproves global warming, don’t believe it. The fact is that no single weather episode can either prove or disprove global climate change. Climate is the pattern of weather that we observe geographically and over the seasons. And it’s described in terms of averages, variations and probabilities," Holdren says in the video.

"But a growing body of evidence suggests that the kind of extreme cold being experienced by much of the United States as we speak is a pattern that we can expect to see with increasing frequency as global warming continues," Holdren added.

But a post at Real Science begs to differ. After merging data from the 2002 Version Of GISS 1866-1882 NH temperatures, the 1975 National Academy of Sciences 1882-1970 NH temperatures and RSS 1979-2014 NH temperatures, the site made an alarming discovery.

"There have been two cooling periods and two warming periods since 1866, with almost no net change in temperature," the site said.

Nevertheless, some -- like Holdren -- would have us believe the record cold is proof the earth is burning up.

But a September 2013 report at the UK Telegraph indicates that scientists have known for a while that the earth is not warming up, but is rather in a cooling trend.

"There has been a 29 per cent increase in the amount of ocean covered with ice compared to this time last year, the equivalent of 533,000 square miles," the Telegraph said in stark contrast to the dire warnings issued by some.

According to the Telegraph, a leaked report to the IPCC "has led some scientists to claim that the world is heading for a period of cooling that will not end until the middle of this century."

U.S. climate expert Professor Judith Curry told the Telegraph that long-term cycles in ocean temperature suggest the world could be approaching a period similar to that from 1965 to 1975, when there was a cooling trend.

Other scientists agree, although one would never it from the reporting.

"We are already in a cooling trend, which I think will continue for the next 15 years at least. There is no doubt the warming of the 1980s and 1990s has stopped," said University of Wisconsin professor Anastasios Tsonis.

But Holdren is convinced that man-made global warming is very real and is the root cause of the current cold temperatures in the country. Moreover, he expects it will cause more cold temperatures.

"But I believe the odds are that we can expect as a result of global warming to see more of this pattern of extreme cold in the mid-latitudes and some extreme warm in the far north,” he said.

Regular readers of this column may recall that in 2010, Holdren said he would use "free market" principles to implement what he called a "massive campaign" to "de-develop the United States."

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