re: #5 srjh
Quite a few people here didn’t see it coming; Walter claimed that he was going to demonstrate errors produced by the CRU code, but (obviously) completely failed to do so. Many others attacked CRU and other scientists in various ways for a long period of time.
Unfortunately, even otherwise intelligent people can easily be sucked into climate change denial. I’m not sure why.
For the general public, our terrible anti-science attitude in the US is obviously to blame in a lot, and the GOP bears a lot of responsibility for that.