We're constantly told that the public is stupid, especially about things scientific. I'm not at all sure that I believe that. After all, everyone lives in an actual, physical world, interacting with physical and chemical reactions every second of every day.
Sure, some are idiots, and win the Darwin Award lottery, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they don't know how gravity works, just that they ignored the implications. Hey Bubba, hold mah beer ...
And so to the weeping, gnashing of teeth, and rending of garments over the rapidly falling belief in the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW) - the proposition that climate is changing dramatically, and catastrophically, and that it's our fault.
We're told that the public are scientific ignoramuses, who lack appreciation for the subtlety of the climate computer models, or the "gridding" and "adjusting" modifications performed on the historical temperature databases. Why, they simply won't listen to the Very Smart Scientists who are telling them that they have to reduce their children's standard of living, and that it's an emergency and ZOMG WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!1!!eleventy!!!!
Now why might the public be skeptical about all this scienciness?
It's not even Halloween.
The public lives in a physical reality. They see what is happening around them. This actually helped the CAGW crowd in the 1990s, when a series of hot summers and 1998's super El Nino even convinced a lot of folks that it was getting hotter. But since then, it's been getting cooler, and no amount of data fiddling is going to convince people that they aren't seeing record cold.
In a very practical sense, CAGW is being falsified for the entire Northeast seaboard this weekend. Sure, sure - this is weather, not climate. But riddle me this, CAGWman: if the Earth truly were warming, why wouldn't we be seeing records being set the other way - hotter records, late snowfalls, that sort of thing.
It's a cold dead fact that after a "century of warming" and the "hottest year in a millennium" that the highest recorded temperature in the USA happened in 1913. You can look it up, even.
What a strange warming, that increases average temperature, but not record temperature. And where we see record early snowfall. You might almost wonder if the hypothesis was falsified.