As you might have guessed, the mean surface temperature was less than half a degree higher in 2006.
The chart shows the clear cooling trend prior to the 1950s as well as the modest warming of the 1980s as consistent with solar cycles. Less than a half degree warming trend is statistically insignificant, especially since the data is disproportionately collected from selective sites with bias towards heating.
Marxist symphatizers are everywhere - even in science. Likes of Dr. Hansen, who once lamented the injustice of uneven wealth distribution in a letter to President Clinton, need to be exposed for the charlatans that they are.