Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Driving SUVs burns fossil fuels gives off carbon, which causes a greenhouse effect, which heats the planet, causing global warming.
Except the planet isn’t getting warmer, according to temperature measurements.
Ah, but that’s because driving SUVs burning fossil fuels also gives off sulfate aerosols which cool the local area where they’re generated and therefore causes artificially low temperature readings, masking the extent of heating elsewhere around the world.
End result: global warming is worse than we thought because it’s hidden. Secret Global Warming. So hand over your money, quick!
I preferred “epicycles,” that was a more elegant solution to explain why the theory was correct in spite of the evidence.
I have a hunch Hunter S. Thompson’s legendary Samoan Lawyer is behind it all. “It’s not necessary for you to understand the theory, or even that it be legitimate. Merely that you keep the checks coming”.