Most people are intelligent enough to understand that the horse pulls the cart, but not climate scientists.
As ocean temperature rises, CO2 solubility decreases – pushing more CO2 into the atmosphere. Thus we see CO2 trailing temperature in ice cores.
An entire religion has developed around a backwards view of this relationship. Al Gore’s buddy Laurie David went so far as to reverse the relationship, in her book intended to pollute children’s minds with cult religious BS.