Only one source has 1998 as warmer than 2010 and then only by 0.02 deg with a error of +-0.09 (according to the WMO) they are basically the same. So not source now shows 1998 as the warmest year. If you look at the solar intensity data curve for 1998 versus 2010 you will see 2010 had less solar heating assistance than 1998 did, so in effect working from a constant solar input, 2010 was hotter than 1998 as 2010 has less solar heating yet achieved the same result as did 1998 which had higher solar heating.
Here is the WMO opinion which says 1998, 2005 and 2010 all tie for the hottest year:
2010 record temperature
Bottom line is the Carbon tax will not make a rats ass of difference to what is happening to our planet. It is too little, too late.
But we do need a leader who will try to find a pathway so as to mitigate away as much as possible of the negative effects of AGW on Australia, our GDP and life style.
Yes I do agree that the rate of warming has slowed a bit over the last decade and one of the causes of that is the funny solar cycle the sun just came out of:
The drop in the suns energy was very small, about 0.02% but enough to slow the rate of growth a little bit for most of the last decade. Even so it has not stopped the Arctic Ice Cap from losing volume at a record rate and that is the Canary in the Coal mine that will soon melt away in the peak summer sun of say 2015.