…is the nails going into the coffin.
A bit of background. Russia and China never really bought into the catastrophic global warming hypothesis (CAGW). The European Union and the British Commonwealth nations went for it hard. The U.S. tilted in that direction but never ratified the Kyoto Treaty and never imposed a carbon tax as Al Gore wanted.
Now, after embracing alternative energy, Europe wants out:
But now it seems that the climate is no longer of much importance to the European Commission, the EU's executive branch, either. Commission sources have long been hinting that the body intends to move away from ambitious climate protection goals.
And, now from Australia, where they embraced a carbon tax and other measures, the former Chief Scientist of Australia's Division of Atmospheric Research writes [bold emphasis his, green link is to data posted on my blog that support his contention about no warming],
It [climate science] can no longer escape prime responsibility if it should turn out in the end that doing something in the name of mitigation of global warming is the costliest scientific mistake ever visited on humanity.
Why are the Europeans and British Commonwealth nations waking up faster than the U.S.? Two reasons.
The first is that they bought into CAGW and unreliable, costly, alternative energy sooner than the U.S. They have lost their tolerance for the costs and more frequent power issues. With global warming "paused," why bother?
The second is that their media never bought into CAGW as a moral crusade rather a news story, at least not to the extent of the U.S. media. There are too many science 'reporters' in the U.S. that are advocates writing stories in the guise of reporters.