The widely discredited theory that natural solar cycles are driving global warming has been part of the national conversation surrounding climate change for years, and continues to stoke confusion in the public mind. Climate contrarian Wei-Hock (Willie) Soon has been one of the most influential promoters of that idea.

Here are examples of how climate denialists have latched onto the sun theory advanced by Soon and a small group of contrarian scientists to create the impression that researchers are divided about the cause of climate change:

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