"Climate change" legislation such as the Kerry-Lieberman Bill can be passed only if the base alliance between environmental activists (through their amen corner of politicians), invested scientists, and credulous media holds firm. However, this Newsweek article, titled "Uncertain Science", suggests that the media may be cracking.
The article states:
The backlash against climate science is also about the way in which leading scientists allied themselves with politicians and activists to promote their cause. Some of the IPCC’s most-quoted data and recommendations were taken straight out of unchecked activist brochures, newspaper articles, and corporate reports—including claims of plummeting crop yields in Africa and the rising costs of warming-related natural disasters, both of which have been refuted by academic studies.
Just as damaging, many climate scientists have responded to critiques by questioning the integrity of their critics, rather than by supplying data and reasoned arguments.…None of this means we should burn fossil fuels with abandon. There are excellent reasons to limit emissions and switch to cleaner fuels—including an estimated 750,000 annual pollution deaths in China, the potential to create jobs at home instead of enriching nasty regimes sitting on oil wells, the need to provide cheap sources of power to the world’s poorest regions, and the still-probable threat that global warming is underway. At the moment, however, certainty about how fast—and how much—global warming changes the earth’s climate does not appear to be one of those reasons.
KL is, first and last, a "climate change" bill. It assumes dangerous climate change is a scientific certainty, and thus justifies handing effective control over US economic policy and growth to the EPA. Yet, imposing pervasive federal controls over the economy is a heavy lift under any circumstances, and especially during the worst economic times in the past forty years. Therefore, climate change believers need the mainstream media fully on board in order to help sell legislation that will, inevitably, impose additional economic pain. This Newsweek article, however, suggests that even the most mainstream of media outlets no longer buys the climate change narrative. If so, the Bill has crossed the Rubicon, and arguably passed the point of no return.