'Climate Skeptics are Winning the Battle'

"Climate sceptics are winning the argument with the public over global warming, the world's most celebrated climate scientist, James Hansen of NASA," the London Independent reported yesterday. Perhaps a big reason why is that we can look back at 40 years of Chicken Little headlines such as this one from March of 2000:

Or as Tim Blair juxtaposed last year:

2007:

Campaigners, who want to draw attention to the impact of aviation on global warming, have been massing all week … The protesters want Heathrow’s expansion plans dropped and the growth of air travel halted.

2010:

Heathrow airport has closed its runway due to snow … Gatwick Airport has closed its runway until at least 3pm because of heavy snow

Back then, I noted that was quite a lot of decline to hide; in any case, it’s good to see the MSM’s history of projecting current trends infinitely into the future isn’t just reserved exclusively for equities and ideologies.

Update: Talking about crying all the way to the bank: "NASA’s Hansen made up to $750,000 on the side in 2010."  (Shouldn't Occupy Wall Street be protesting the filthy lucre of Big Science? Particularly since it's partially paid out of their bete noire, outrageously outrageous tuition bills?)

Presumably he's planning on spending all of his profits next year given the eco-apoclypse to come: in January of 2009, at the peak of Hopenchange Fever, Hansen warned that “Barack Obama has only four years to save the world.”