Take a look at this warning about some upcoming legislation. I want to jump all the way to the bottom to the "science" that supports the whole argument:
As Benjamin Zycher of the American Enterprise Institute points out, atmospheric and surface warming began in the late 1970s and ended in the mid-to-late 1990s. In effect, the “Great Carbon Chase” is a nonstarter.So who's this Benjamin Zycher of AEI? (Let's not forget that AEI is itself a beneficiary of millions of Scaife money.) Is he a climate scientist?
Um, no. From his AEI bio page:
Ph.D., economics, University of California, Los AngelesAnd what does this econ Ph.D. actually say about the carbon legislation? Specifically the "science" about how the warming ended in the late 90s?
M.P.P., public policy, University of California, Berkeley
A.B., political science, University of California, Los Angeles
Take a look:
With respect to the explicit assumption about the "warming of our planet": The most recent warming period ended 15 or more years ago.Ah, that argument. The warming ended in the late 90s. The "link" above is actually two links. One leading to an actual scientist (Roy Spencer, Ph.D.) and the other leading to another non-scientist (Christopher Monckton) who is more or less a quack.
So let's look at the scientist. He actually gets his own page at the Skeptical Science website. (Actually, it's a page devoted to him, titled "Climate Misinformer: Roy Spencer). And here's how Skeptical Science debunks Spencer's "no warming in x number of years" argument. I wrote only yesterday about how it's still warming outside (FYI - that's where the science points)
It's the same old selective evidence fallacy that's been used countless times before.
And the Trib is still using it.