The umpteenth part of the Canadian mining & energy subsidized series in The Financial Post on why we should view climate change claims skeptically fails to sustain the level of critical argument of the best of the early ones.
The latest , which has been seized upon by a political spectrum extending al the way from The Hudson Institute ( where agronomist Dennis Avery holds forth on cosmic rays )to National Review ( where fact checking seems no longer in vogue) implies we should fear global cooling asmuch as warming because a 2005 study in the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeclimatology, Palaeoecology [V. 226 p. 72-92]is said it show a radical rate of change in marine microfauna in a 4400 year old section of British Columbian sea-bottom. The Financial Post piece author claims this proves the theory of a maverick astrophysicist--that sunspot cycle solar output variations can be far larger than any thus far measured in reality , and that these hypothetical anomalies are likely to recur. This mostly inspires eyeball rolling among sober science guy ,because the FP author is citing his own work,making the FP piece is less a scientific op-ed than a highly speculative advertorial.
The SEC might take a dim view of such standards of evidence in a stock offering, but that hasn't stopped the Rush Limbaugh Academy of Science from greeting it as the best thing since the last thing they hyped for six weeks before it was fisked to death. I'd no sooner doubt the intellectually seriousness of talk radio than believe a Canadian geologist would fib on behalf of a penny stock on the Vancouver Exchange, but the blog coverage afforded this meta-news glosses over Professor Patterson's neglecting to mention his must recent scientific publication in the same journal [ Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (2007) 243, p. 471-473.]
It's a correction to the paper he cites in The Financial Post :
Corrigendum to “Climate shift at 4400 years BP: Evidence from high-resolution diatom stratigraphy, Effingham Inlet, British Columbia, Canada”[Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 226 (2005) 72–92] Chang, A.S. and Patterson, R.T.