The progressive news blog Vox admitted Friday that one-sided media coverage, one-sided student indoctrination, one-sided government propaganda, and an enormous funding-and-spending advantage have failed to carry the debate against Climate Realism. Summarizing the climate debate in one word, Vox admitted climate activists have “failed.”

“Has the climate movement failed?” Vox asked.

“It’s hard to look at the world at this moment and not conclude that the answer is yes. Despite all the activism, despite all the protests, despite all the warnings….” Vox answered its own question.

Vox’s admission mirrors the frustration expressed by many climate activists. They feel that they are achieving success monopolizing the field in their preferred tactics, but they still can’t break through to winning over the American people and our elected officials. Despite a climate-alarmist Democrat in the White House and Democratic majorities in the U.S. House and Senate, Congress has failed to pass any far-reaching legislation furthering the mythical climate crisis. Polling shows only one-third of Americans are very concerned about climate change – which is the same percentage as those who are not concerned at all. Polling also shows a majority of Americans would not even pay $10 per month to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. And just 12 months from now, we are likely going to experience a wave election that will sweep climate alarmists out of their current seats of power.

Internationally, governments in Central and Eastern Europe are pushing back more strongly every day against the United Nations’ Climate Delusion.

I frequently hear Climate Realists expressing frustration and despair that climate activists have taken over media, public schools, government agencies, and the nation’s huge donor base. If despite all those advantages, they cannot impose their agenda on the American people, what is there to despair? Take heart that the American people continue to reject climate alarmism, and that even a Democrat-controlled federal government cannot implement the desired agenda of climate activists.

And take heart that Vox and others are so disheartened that they are throwing in the towel.

James Taylor is the President of the Heartland Institute. Taylor is also director of Heartland's Arthur B. Robinson Center for Climate and Environmental Policy. Taylor is the former managing editor (2001-2014) of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly publication devoted to sound science and free-market environmentalism.


  1. I hope the trend continues to the point where the mainstream media start publishing verifiable facts on climate change – that mankind has very little influence on it. The present global energy crisis will probably make Europeans think like Americans: more people would die from the cold than from the heat.

  2. This is great, but we need to do more. We need the public to know the truth. We need free speech to be a priority again. We need the public to know that CO2 is a massively important to life on earth and we need more not less. We need mom driving her SUV to be confident again.

    We need someone to sue Al Gore for lying to the public and terrifying school kids for personal gain. Am I asking too much?


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