You can't help but be stunned by the power of propaganda. Nowhere is this more apparent then in the "environmental" movement, which, in its extreme form, is a religion. Let me give two examples.
First, this asshole:
Mention the name "John Christy" in any group of greens and they will beat each other to a stupor competing to inform you that this middle-class researcher is a sell-out, bought and paid-for by big oil. Meanwhile they spout the self-serving ravings of A CAREER POLITICIAN WITH HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AT STAKE!!!!
Second, this pair:
I was buying a magazine once, that had a cover story suggesting that the Sun might be responsible for much, if not most, climate change on Earth. The rocket surgeon behind the counter said, laughing, something to the effect of "The Sun? Ha! Where do they get this stuff? Think it might have something to do with us
Now, my point here is not the actual role of the Sun in climate variation, which is still very much up in the air. My point is that somebody
has managed to convince millions of people that the very idea is laughable! That picture shows the relative sizes of Earth and Big Daddy. That a PR campaign can convince so many people to believe that it's laughable that a star could cause climate variation on a tiny little planet that orbits inside its atmosphere
is absolutely awe-inspiring.
And not in a good way.