NASA discovers that the sun makes things warmer.
Blair’s link goes to another denialist, Simon Scowl, who adds a dash of “Al Gore is fat” to the argument:
Wait. The Sun Can Make Thing… Warmer? I know, that doesn’t sound right to me either. Whatchoo talkin’ about, Science? …
As Al Gore and other people who stand to make a lot of money from global warming scare tactics will tell you, “the science is settled.” Unless you drive a hybrid, stumble around in the dark at night, and only eat things you find in your yard, you’re killing the planet. So I don’t see what a big fat ball of hot gas way up in the sky has to do with anything. But enough about Gore in his private jet.
His link goes to another denialist, Michael Andrews:
Some researchers believe that the solar cycle influences global climate changes. They attribute recent warming trends to cyclic variation. Skeptics, though, argue that there’s little hard evidence of a solar hand in recent climate changes.
Now, a new research report from a surprising source may help to lay this skepticism to rest. A study from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland looking at climate data over the past century has concluded that solar variation has made a significant impact on the Earth’s climate. The report concludes that evidence for climate changes based on solar radiation can be traced back as far as the Industrial Revolution.
If you follow Andrews’ link, you finally get out of Denial Land and to a news story that quotes the NASA scientist so you can find out what they really discovered.
The sun has powered almost everything on Earth since life began, including its climate. The sun also delivers an annual and seasonal impact, changing the character of each hemisphere as Earth’s orientation shifts through the year. Since the Industrial Revolution, however, new forces have begun to exert significant influence on Earth’s climate.
“For the last 20 to 30 years, we believe greenhouse gases have been the dominant influence on recent climate change,” said Robert Cahalan, climatologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
Isn’t that interesting? The scientist said “For the last 20 to 30 years, we believe greenhouse gases have been the dominant influence on recent climate change” and the denialists heard him saying that the sun was the cause of recent climate change.