The universal cause of all effects

No, not God, or the Prime Mover, per Aristotle.

Paul Krugman, sometimes derisively identified as “a New York Times columnist,” sees global warming at the root of the crisis in Egypt.

Let’s cut right to the chase and the slap upside the head from Roger Pielke Jr.:

Paul Krugman joins the crowd who think that they can see the signal of greenhouse emissions in noisy, short-term data on food prices, and then construct a chain of causality to the ongoing unrest in the Middle East.  Such tenuous claims of attribution have about as much scientific standing as Pat Robertson saying that Hurricane Katrina was the result of the vengeful wrath of God.

Or much less scientific standing.

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