Google the phrase "global warming stopped in 1998" for yourself, and you'll see tens of thousands of results. But everyday experiences with weather -- an unexpectedly warm winter, or a cooler-than-anticipated summer -- get many folks confused.
But there was one thing missing from the final installment of Frozen Planet: in 45 minutes, not a word was uttered about why all that Arctic ice is melting. Discovery has admitted to wanting to avoid criticism from climate change deniers.
With ALEC in the spotlight, what has still gone unmentioned is its longtime stealth campaign to scuttle state -- and federal -- climate change initiatives, despite the fact that a number of its corporate members publicly acknowledge that global warming is a serious problem.
Ironically, at the same time I was speaking to some of NASA's climate scientists this week about how to counter denialist propaganda attacks, the denialsphere was abuzz with a new open letter signed by 49 former, now discredited NASA employees.