Sub-zero temperatures bring global warming discussion to light - FOX 35 News Orlando

Sub-zero temperatures bring global warming discussion to forefront

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

One group is having great fun with the incredibly cold weather: skeptics of what used to be called the "Global Warming" theory.

Conservatives from Congress, to talk radio are pointing to the record-breaking chill as reason to reject a tax on carbon emissions proposed by some environmentalists.

Donald Trump even took to twitter, tweeting "Record snowfall and freezing temps throughout the country. Where is Global Warming when you need it?"

Among the equally snarky responses he got, James Holton tweeted: "You're an idiot. Go look at the planet's carbon levels over the past 300 years."

@TresDessert added, "You are a moron."

We decided to seek some more thoughtful voices.

Professor David Archer's class on climate change attracts more students than any other at the University of Chicago. He supports the controversial proposal for a new tax on carbon emissions because he believes they're affecting our weather.

"I mean, all of these strange storms that we've been having these last couple of years. The seem exactly like what we're expecting more of for the future," Professor Archer said.

Archer claims this extremely cold weather is part of what was forecast by the theory that was once called "Global Warming." Proponents now prefer to call it global climate change.

Whatever it's called, conservative skeptics insist it's not yet proven and that any tax on carbon emissions would harm our economy without improving our environment.

Jim Lakely from the Heartland Institute weighed in on the issue as well.

"So, the idea that human exertion of CO2 into the atmosphere is causing run-away global warming, that theory is very much flawed," Lakely said.

Jim Lakely's spokesman for the Chicago-based Heartland Institute, which has received funds from sources linked to Exxon and others who'd be affected by a carbon tax. They published papers by scientists who are skeptical of carbon's impact.

"The question is whether the very slight warming we are seeing is caused by human activity or it's caused by natural variability or natural causes. And the scientists that the Heartland Institute works with very much lean on the other side," Lakely said.

Prof. Archer derides what he called "sniping from the sidelines."

"In terms of scientific debate, there is none. Because there's nobody on the other side who has a credible argument. If we don't believe in the greenhouse effect, we can't explain why the Earth is as warm as it is instead of like Mars. Or why it was even warmer in the past. We just know nothing," Archer said.

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