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The “global-warming community,” as the researchers are fond of calling themselves, have thus stumbled on to a remarkable discovery, more dramatic than anything from Newton, Einstein or Hawking: Real life can intrude on the most sophisticated theory, and often does.

Science at its best is skeptical, a community of doubters and agnostics. At its worst, it’s a community of theologians, out to protect its scams of preconceived “truth.” Garbage in, garbage out, none of it hot.

Wesley Pruden is editor emeritus of The Washington Times.