The government climate strategy is to deep-six bad news, make up a fake story, and divert attention.
No global warming for 18 years? Suddenly the heat moved to the bottom of the sea where no one could measure it.
Multiple years of record Antarctic sea ice, and above normal global sea ice? Boats trapped in the ice at both poles? Suddenly the heat moved way down under the Antarctic ice and is going to kill us all.
Record low Atlantic and US hurricane activity? No problem – make up some fake statistics about a single storm in the Philippines.
US is record cold? No worries – jack up the data tampering to record levels.
Terrorist attack before the election? Make up a fake story about a YouTube video.
No scientific consensus? No problem. Commission a fake report by fake scientists to create a non-existent consensus.
Deficit looking bad before the election? Tell the Secretary of the Treasury to lie about it.
When you have no concern for the truth or reality, and a legion of useful idiots to back you up – you can hold power for a little while.