It's that it's so, well, dumb.
Climatism or global warming alarmism is the most prominent recent example of science being coopted to serve a political agenda, writes Richard Lindzen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the in the fall 2013 issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. He compares it to past examples: Lysenkoism in the Soviet Union, and the eugenics movement.Emphasis added. The amount of sheer drivel is astonishing. I actually think that this more than anything is what has shifted public opinion away from support for the whole ZOMG THERMAGEDDON!!!1!!eleventy! thing. While I think that the public has great respect for science in general, they smell a rat - the sheer quantity of drivel is obvious even if you don't (like me) dig into the data. People see that the statements defy logic - if only because the alarmist press reports contradict each other. Like here, in this shadenfreudalicious bit of mockery.
Lindzen describes the Iron Triangle and the Iron Rice Bowl, in which ambiguous statements by scientists are translated into alarmist statements by media and advocacy groups, influencing politicians to feed more money to the acquiescent scientists.
In consequence, he writes, “A profound dumbing down of the discussion…interacts with the ascendancy of incompetents.” Prizes and accolades are awarded for politically correct statements, even if they defy logic. “Unfortunately, this also often induces better scientists to join the pack in order to preserve their status,” Lindzen adds.
And so I find that I've probably written most of what I'll write on the subject. There's really nothing more to say, other than I'm glad that the public seems quite sane in the face of the Scientific-Academic-Government Complex.