Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute last week gave thanks for his opponents in the global warming debate:
Former Vice President Al Gore is the gift that keeps on giving to opponents of global warming alarmism and energy rationing policies. He leads what I think of as the Dream Team: Gore is the public leader; James Hansen is the go-to scientist; Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) pushed through a cap-and-trade bill in the House that killed cap-and-trade; Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was the main promoter in the Senate; when he dropped the ball, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) was in charge for awhile; and she has now been replaced by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) with help from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
I used to think that we were just incredibly lucky that the alarmist movement was led by this group of second raters. I now realize that it isn’t luck. Global warming alarmism attracts incompetents, know-nothings, and looney tunes.
Over the weekend, after he refused to show up for a debate that he arranged, Avatar director James Cameron can be added to Ebell's list. From Climate Depot's Marc Morano:
Hollywood director James Cameron challenged three high profile global warming skeptics to a public debate at a global warming and energy conference. But Cameron backed out of the debate at the last minute after environmentalists "came out of the woodwork" to warn him not to engage in a debate with skeptics because it was not in his best interest.
Cameron challenged Andrew Breitbart, Climate Depot's Marc Morano and filmmaker Ann McElhinney of 'Not Evil Just Wrong.' The debate was already in the program for the Aspen American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) summit. The website program described the agreed to debate as “AREDAY Climate Change Debate: Reality or Fiction?"
After setting up the public global warming debate, Cameron and his negotiator then changed formats multiple times and initially said it would be open to the media and then said he would only participate if it was private with no recording devices. The skeptics agreed to all the changes.
Make sure you also read McElhinney's account of Cameron's cowardice. Without a doubt he was trying to make so many demands of the three skeptics that he expected them to throw in the towel. When they didn't, he bailed.