The Physical Impossibility Of The Washington Times' Universe
The Washington Times is claiming that carbon emissions could be causing "global cooling" in contradiction of basic physics.
In an editorial  Monday designed to ridicule Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) for convening a summit  on clean energy in Las Vegas, the Times repeatedly referred to climate change as a "scam" and cited several "facts" that allegedly discredit it -- including that "there's new evidence that carbon-dioxide emissions, which first set off global-warming hysteria, are actually triggering global cooling."
But there isn't "new evidence" of that. Or any kind of evidence, really.
As Duke University scientist William Chameides explained  to Media Matters when Fox News tried to advance this "utter nonsense" claim, scientists established the greenhouse effect "more than a century ago":
What CO2 does is trap a larger amount of the heat from the sun, preventing it from escaping and thus driving up temperatures. To argue otherwise is to argue that the greenhouse effect does not exist. In fact the existence of the greenhouse effect was established by scientists more than a century ago. It would be impossible to explain the temperatures of Mars and Venus, as well as the Earth, without invoking this effect.
The "greenhouse effect" is part of a complex process -- a "balancing act " -- that makes life on earth possible . However, mankind's use of fossil fuels has led to a surplus of these gases, which prevents more radiation than usual from escaping back into space, thus making the planet hotter. This is not the slightest bit controversial in the scientific community, and the reverse is a vanishingly remote belief even among the climate deniosphere . For instance, the chairman of the industry-funded George C. Marshall Institute, a physicist who has conducted no climate research but suggests  we should be "clamoring for more" carbon dioxide, has said  that "most people like me believe that industrial emissions will cause warming, but just much less than has been predicted by many computer models." Indeed, industrial emissions have already caused substantial warming, as seen in this chart  from NASA:
This warming has triggered certain "feedback loops" that are expected  to cause even greater warming.
The editorial attempted to back its claim by citing an article  from Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten that suggested a lull in solar activity would soon lead to a "little ice age." That report was promoted  by conservative sites  including the Drudge Report, echoing past efforts  to blame  the sun for climate change. However, experts  have explained  that any cooling caused by reduced solar activity would be overwhelmed  by the effects of atmospheric greenhouse gases.