This one's easy. Public concern about global warming has declined because the supposed consensus is evaporating in the face of contrary data and economic realism. Pop psychology won't suffice--unless debate is squelched.Climate Fears Turn to Doubts Among BritonsLast month hundreds of environmental activists crammed into an auditorium here to ponder an anguished question: If the scientific consensus on climate change has not changed, why have so many people turned away from the idea that human activity is warming the planet?
Apparently, however, the Times is the last holdout, as Best of the Web's James Taranto says:
Imagine popular children's fables retold by Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal: Anguished weavers gathered to ponder the sudden shift in fashion by subjects who only recently thought the emperor was wearing a splendid suit of clothes. If the boy still says there is a wolf, why have so many farmers turned away from the idea that the sheep are in danger?Put differently, the Times isn't confused. It's simply not objective--and remains reluctant to abandon carbon cuts that were the once-sure path to global socialism.
Which turns news stories into fairy tales.