The evidence cometh from my nether regions
Easily one of the most important stories of 2008 has been all the evidence suggesting that this may be looked back on as the year when there was a turning point in the great worldwide panic over man-made global warming. Just when politicians in Europe and America have been adopting the most costly and damaging measures politicians have ever proposed, to combat this supposed menace, the tide has turned in three significant respects. [...]When it comes to environmental policy, right-wing absurdity has dramatically increased over recent weeks. It's fascinating for me to imagine that folks who believe human fat can be used to power cars, driving 7 hours is preferable to sitting in comfy chair for three and attempt to disprove global warming by coming out with gems like this...
Secondly, 2008 was the year when any pretence that there was a "scientific consensus" in favour of man-made global warming collapsed. At long last, as in the Manhattan Declaration last March, hundreds of proper scientists, including many of the world's most eminent climate experts, have been rallying to pour scorn on that "consensus" which was only a politically engineered artefact, based on ever more blatantly manipulated data and computer models programmed to produce no more than convenient fictions.
On cue, aspiring Obama administration climate thug Joe Romm of the Soros-funded Climate Progress — who blamed the Minneapolis bridge collapse on global warming, among other absurdities — and David “Nuremburg-syle trials for those b@$tards” Roberts of Grist did what they’re paid to do: change the subject by attacking the person with names and slurs....actually had something to say about policy for the last 8 years.