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Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich), in an interview with the Detroit News in mid-August 2009, said: “Climate change is very real.” She endorsed cap and trade’s massive tax increase on Michigan industry, saying it would not lead to an increase in manufacturing costs or energy prices. “Global warming creates volatility," said Senator Stabenow. “I feel it when I’m flying. The storms are more volatile. We are paying the price in more hurricanes and tornadoes.”
Every part of Senator Stabenow’s statement is misleading at best, false at worst. Her statement that “global warming” creates “volatility”, which she feels when she is flying, is entirely without scientific foundation, for the simple reason that there has been no statistically-significant “global warming” for 15 years. Indeed, there has been rapid and statistically-significant global cooling for almost eight years. So the “volatility” which she feels when flying – no doubt usually at the taxpayer’s expense – cannot be caused by “global warming”, because there has not been any.