From POWERLINE

By Steven Hayward
THE ETERNAL SPOTLESSNESS OF THE SUNSHINE MIND

In today’s climate news, those crazy people who are sometimes called “climate skeptics” have from time to time pointed at the bright yellow thing in the sky during the daytime and suggested that maybe it has something to do with the earth’s climate. Noooooo, say the climatistas—it’s SUV emissions all the way down. Shut up. Because 97 percent!

The Los Angeles Times, which proudly announced it would publish no more letters to the editor from climate skeptics (because 97 percent!), today reports on a current puzzle that hitherto only climate skeptics have been asking about: the sun goes through fairly regular epicycles that typically feature a lot of sunspot activity at the peak of the cycle. And sunspots are thought to play some role in climate variation, albeit probably very small. But the current “solar maximum” of this epicycle is showing very little sunspot activity. The Times reports: