Re: "GOP stays stubborn about climate change" (Eugene Robinson column, 1-21).
About all anyone needs to know about climate change hysteria can be found in Robinson's column. He writes, "We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history."
Huh. If you actually read the source paper providing data for NASA's press release on which Robinson relies, its Columbia University authors say: "The three warmest years in the GISS temperature analysis, 2014, 2010, and 2005 in that order, can be considered to be in a statistical tie because of several sources of uncertainty, the largest source being incomplete spatial coverage of the data."
That seems important because if, in fact, 2014 was slightly cooler than 2010 and if 2010 was actually cooler than 2005, then we're in a cooling trend that can't be explained by the theory of climate change.
Never miss a local story.
We can't know whether we're in a cooling trend or a warming trend because of "incomplete spatial coverage of the data" and other "sources of uncertainty."
But, that is irrelevant to Robinson, who has a political agenda quite independent of the uncertainty of underlying data.