Author Héctor Tobar used the pages of The New York Times to confess his "sins against Mother Nature" and promote the unproven claim that the California drought is the consequence of carbon emissions and climate change. In his May 22 op-ed, "The Sins of Angelenos," Tobar said the "endless summer" in California is his "punishment." "As a native of Los Angeles, I am significantly more responsible for global warming than your average resident of planet Earth," Tobar said. "We pioneered an energy-guzzling lifestyle for the masses and taught the world to follow our lead. Now a parched, endless summer is our punishment." Tobar piled on the self-loathing guilt, declaring that "in a kind of planetary karma, our bad behavior is rebounding on us."