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Mega-drought Claim for American West Depends on Statistical Trick

February 24, 2022

The other day, Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Anthony Watts was a guest on the John Steigerwald Show on AM1250 The Answer in Pittsburgh.

Watts was invited on the program to rebut claims that the American West is experiencing the worst drought in 1,200 years. That's right, since the 9th Century A.D., and that human emissions of carbon dioxide is to blame.
Not only did California just experience one of the wettest Decembers on record, Watts explains how this claim of the worst drought since the year 822 depends on a statistical trick. The study also just blames all warming since 1850 on human activity, but the data show the earth was on a warming trend long before the start of the Industrial Revolution and there is quite a bit of warming one must blame on nature.
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Anthony Watts is a senior fellow for environment and climate at The Heartland Institute. @wattsupwiththat