Last week was a time for America to march resolutely in opposite directions.
On the one hand California’s Air Resources Board on Thursday approved a regulation to minimize the amount of carbon in fuel, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that carbon dioxide is a dangerous pollutant and Congress started work on a bill to limit carbon dioxide emissions.
On the other hand public support for the idea that humans are the main factor in climate change fell off a cliff. In one year, according to a recent Rasmussen poll, support has slipped from 47% to 34%.
At the same time, climate alarmism reached a fever pitch. The mainstream media reported that arctic ice is disappearing at an alarming rate and that polar bears are in deep trouble.
In contrast, climate science discussed on blogs reached record levels. "WhattsUpWithThat" (voted the top science blog) had increased from about 50,000 views a month to close to 900,000 in just one year. With several posts a day and hundreds of comments this blog was providing on ongoing science seminar on climate in real time. Other similar blogs were ramping up the debate.
In a time like this the words of Viscount Monckton of Brenchley come to mind: " The ‘climate problem’ is in truth a non-problem: and the correct policy for addressing a non-problem is to have the courage to do nothing."