Update: Washington Examiner wrote an article on similar topic,
Willie sent me a pretty insightful article in the Wall Street Journal. Anne Jolis (see the picture) wrote about
1975 paper by Robert Dickinson (even though Sir William Herschel noticed a possible impact of the solar activity on the agriculture centuries before that) but it was only made quantitative and supported by the real-world data and experiments by Henrik Svensmark.
Miss Jolis nicely explains how Svensmark would work on "obscure physics" and had no idea about politics - so he was shocked in the mid 1990s when the issue was already heavily politicized and the boss of the IPCC attacked his and Eigil Friis-Christensen's paper as a dangerous, irresponsible work of heretics. I know exactly where Svensmark was coming from. ;-)
She also apparently understood that Svensmark has done pretty much all the required experiments – and may be 8-10 years ahead of CLOUD at CERN (including the positive tests of the formation of larger condensation nuclei) – and that the main role of CERN is to give the experiments the weight that they deserve.
It's also cute to read about the not-so-subtle differences in the histories that incorporated alarmism and cosmoclimatology into the "mainstream". She writes that Al Gore wrote a "letter to the deniers" for the New York Times in 1990 in which he would promise to beat crap out of them. This fringe movement would go mainstream because Al Gore would become the U.S. vice-president.
"Analogously", cosmoclimatology would be viewed as a fringe theory and it went mainstream when the experiments at CERN started to reproduce Svensmark's results. Note the cute "analogy": Al Gore is the alarmist counterpart of CERN. He is the symbol of the global advanced scientific experiments on the alarmist side. ;-)
Sadly, an hour ago, a Russian KHL team Yaroslavl crashed in their airplane. The accident occurred near their local airport, shortly after the launch. 8 crew members and 37 athletes are dead.
They included three Czech 2010 world champions, Josef Vašíček, Jan Marek, and Karel Rachůnek (all of them were also Stanley Cup winners), along with Stefan Liv of Sweden, Slovak Pavol Demitra, and many Russian players.
You don't want to see how such a crash looks from within. R.I.P.