Sometimes there are things rich even beyond the reach of Cheap Seats.
One of them is the little scuffle over a new paper that says global warming is caused not by carbon dioxide (Duh) but by chlorofluorocarbons, aka CFCs, the nasty compounds that we are told brought us the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica.
Antarctica is of course, terra non grata for Al “Show me the money” Gore and the kids of CRaP (Climate Reality Project, headed by Mrs. Sen. Mark Udall, aka Maggie Fox) because it’s getting colder and icier than the Arctic, which he likes to say reflects a bunch of global warming.
“Conventional thinking says that the emission of human-made non-CFC gases such as carbon dioxide has mainly contributed to global warming. But we have observed data going back to the Industrial Revolution that convincingly shows that conventional understanding is wrong,” said Qing-Bin Lu, a professor of physics and astronomy, biology and chemistry in Waterloo’s Faculty of Science. “In fact, the data shows that CFCs conspiring with cosmic rays caused both the polar ozone hole and global warming.”
Lu, predictably enough, can’t get no respect.
Lefties are lining up to repudiate the poor sap just because he says global warming isn’t caused by their favorite bogeyman, carbon dioxide.
There is, for instance, a self-appointed expert named Ryan Cooper, who bills himself as the web editor of Washington Monthly, who smoothly dismisses Lu as “part of a long tradition of smartass physicists believing they can traipse up to an established field and upend a generation of findings with a the wave of a few equations.”
In other news, Cooper still holds buggy-whip stock and regularly curses the name of Henry Ford.
Speaking of smartasses who invade “established fields,” how about ol’ Al himself and his error-ridden screeds about the climate? Cooper can’t get enough of them. And where is Al’s degree in climatolology? Cooper can’t be bothered to ask.
Anyway, pity the heretic, Lu.
Of course Al declared the “science” of global warming to be “settled.”
Which is where things get too rich even for Cheap Seats: It’s kind of like a Kansas City Chiefs-Oakland Raiders game. If only both sides could lose.