San Joaquin County backtracked last week after sending state officials written comments strongly questioning the fundamentals of climate change science.

In a Jan. 25 letter to the state’s new Delta Stewardship Council, the county said it appears the “level of climate science currently available is unreliable and the ability of climate models to actually explain past temperatures is in serious doubt.” Climate change was just one of many subjects in the letter, intended to help shape a new plan to govern the river estuary west of Stockton.

The document also quoted portions of a paper by former University of Pennsylvania economist Jason Johnston saying that the “climate establishment” has used “a variety of stylized rhetorical techniques that seem to oversell what is actually known about climate change while concealing fundamental uncertainties. …”

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