In the Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail, Margaret Wente writes,
By exaggerating the certainties, papering over the gaps, demonizing the skeptics and peddling tales of imminent catastrophe, they've [the IPCC "advocate" scientists] discredited the entire climate-change movement. The political damage will be severe. As Mr. Mead succinctly puts it: “Skeptics up, Obama down, cap-and-trade dead.”
Read the whole article which summarizes the string of scandals and revelations that have undermined the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the IPCC) and devastated the entire camp of Global Warming advocates.
Ms. Wente also conducted and on line Q and A with readers and in one response to a question about the silence of the North American media on this collapse, she says
It's as if the N. American media have been trapped in one mindset for so long that it's hard for them to change gears.
Duh. I think that mindset they're trapped in (lets call it knee jerk liberal/socialist) applies to more than climate change. It covers all the political/social issues from health care to the terror threat. And it manifests itself as an arrogant "we're smarter than you, more up on the issues than you, more with it than you, cooler than you" attitude. And nowhere was it more on display than last year when Anderson Cooper, that respected "journalist" from the very serious network CNN made an ugly sexual joke about Americans who attended the political tea parties. Can you imagine a real journalist from the 50's, Walter Lippman for example, making such a reference?
In the past many of the leftist alarmists who swallowed the whole ICC bagel, were quick to try and tie current weather situations to their bogus theory. Thus, hurricanes and other severe storms were signs of contemporary Global Warming activity; and the storms were supposedly increasing as a result of it. Many blamed Global Warming for Katrina (of course they also blamed it on Bush because he didn't sign the Kyoto accord.
But what goes around comes around, especially in weather. Thus the severity of this winter's cold temperatures, record snowfalls, and the many blizzards have caused the public to grow even more skeptical. I hear the joke everywhere I go on snowy cold days. The grocery clerk or the waiter says laughingly, "Boy it's cold. Must be that Global Warming."