With this being the 48th Anniversary of Sputnik and the advent of the Space Age, it's also a good time to talk a little about alleged "climate change".
Now, I realize that whoever wins the Presidency (pretty sure it will be an Obama landslide), we are going to get the full-court (unintentional, but apropos pun) press on draconian regulations to combat the alleged climate change. Big Environmental (use that term along with "alleged climate change" often) has the upper hand right now. It's pretty clear that the high cost of energy does result in a behavior change. They will be pushing for carbon taxes and any number of regulations to push us back to the days of long ago discredited mass transit (and the higher taxes that come with it) and urban living. The Left can't stand the idea of people making their own decisions and living where they wish.
Looking at this whole thing historically, Earth's climate has been in a constant state of change. It is only since the dawn of the Space Age that we have had reasonably good climate data. Prior to that time, data relied on ships at sea and remote locations for climate data, making it incomplete and unreliable. I don't think anyone can argue that good worldwide climate data has existed for more than 100 years and I argue that it has only existed for less than 50. With Big Environmental being the same people who claim the Earth is billions of years old (I happen to agree on this count), how can 50-100 years of data be a reliable indicator of a changing climate?
It doesn't pass the smell test.