I knew it!
It’s hard to take these people seriously. “World temperatures did not rise from 1998 to 2008“? I thought that was denialist propaganda funded by Big Oil. Now they tell me that “sulphur emissions, from coal-fueled growth in Asia was responsible for the cooling effect.” So; we could have been burning high-sulfur coal in the US, saving jobs, saving a boat load of borrowed money, and saving the planet, exactly like the best and brightest told us, except we forgot it was Opposite Day!
Honestly, I don’t think climate scientists understand the climate any better than economists understand the economy. Alan Greenspan says there’s ‘No Evidence’ the Federal Reserve Stimulus ‘Worked’. Probably that’s because of the sun spot cycle and the solar minimum and stuff.
I can imagine a remake of The Graduate in which a drunken Texas energy baron beckons a young man over and whispers to him “Coal!“