"According to Nye, both him and Mann are frequently asked two common questions: “What can I do about climate change,” and “What can be done to convince someone who’s a climate denier?” Nye calls these the $10 trillion questions, because climate deniers are so “dug in” to their beliefs, which only makes it harder to convince them of what the science suggests.
The only definitive way to see significant action to prevent climate change is to simply wait for deniers and contrarians to “age out,” according to Nye. “There’s an old saying — ‘science proceeds one funeral at a time,’” Nye said, “but it’s not happening fast enough.”
Bastardi: "Which is my point precisely in writing my book. It’s a phony war. Not a lot of people really care. But that also enables them to run roughshod over it, because not a lot of people really cared. I tried to point that out to some of the leadership last year, that even though its only a small % that agree with the climate change missive, it is enough to tip an election for one and for two, it has always been a small group of committed zealots that have been able to pull off changes. And say what you want, they are committed and are zealots. So it is facts be dammed full speed ahead."
Many of the world’s leading models are now projecting warming rates that most scientists, including the modelmakers themselves, believe are implausibly fast. In advance of the U.N. report, scientists have scrambled to understand what went wrong and how to turn the models, which in other respects are more powerful and trustworthy than their predecessors, into useful guidance for policymakers. ... Climate models used by next month’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report project more warming over an 1850–1900 baseline than those in a 2013 report. Scientists are using recent observed warming to rein them in.