Just to get into the subject, I will utilize a comment from another blog:

I find it hilarious that the “Scientific Consensus” can’t even get the science right.  Carbon is the basis of pretty much everything (Organic Chemistry 101).  Carbon Dioxide is the substance that the environmental terrorists claim is affecting them climate in whatever way they choose to do so today.  Also, the atmosphere is 0.039% carbon dioxide, which is barely a trace element.  So if we doubled the amount of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere it would still only represent only about .078% of the atmosphere.  Part of the reason for this is plants “breath” in Carbon Dioxide and produce Oxygen (Biology 101).  So at the end of the day the actual amounts of increase in Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere are not only miniscule, but are constantly being consumed by plants.  So let’s start referring to this as the “remedial scientific consensus” because obviously these “scientist” know very little about science. 

Remember that this is not really about science.  It is not about “saving the environment”.  It is about power.  Period.  End. Of. Sentence.  The utilization of “climate change” or any other greeny vocabulary are for the simple purpose of removing our freedom and applying their power.  Greenies are just watermelons – green on the outside and red on the inside.  Further illustration?  Not a problem:  (from siblinginbox)

FEMA to Deny Funds to States Whose Governors Won’t Endorse Global Warming Hoax

Shouting hysterical lies doesn’t work with everyone. The hardcore climate deniers may have to be persuaded by extortion. Via the ecomoonbat site Inside Climate News:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard mitigation plans that address climate change.

Where do our federal overlords get the money for disaster preparedness funding? From people who live in the states. Once again the cancer in Washington is bribing us with our own money — or rather extorting us.
Large sums are involved. FEMA hands out $1 billion per year for disaster preparedness.
What’s next after requiring governors to pretend they believe in the global warming hoax? An oath of personal fealty to Obama may not be far in the future.

“This could potentially become a major conflict for several Republican governors,” said Barry Rabe, an expert on the politics of climate change at the University of Michigan. “We aren’t just talking about coastal states.” Climate change affects droughts, rainfall and tornado activity. Fracking is being linked to more earthquakes, he said. “This could affect state leaders across the country.”

Apparently meeting energy needs in violation of leftist ideology by fracking could also jeopardize federal funds.
Every penny of money coming out of Washington is attached to a string. Dance when the strings are pulled or you don’t get your money.
As for where the American public fits in this:

The new federal rules don’t require public involvement in the creation of states’ disaster preparedness plans, eliminating the opportunity for environmental groups and concerned citizens to submit comments or concerns about the assessments.

That is, our role is limited to paying our taxes and doing as we are told. At the federal level we are not represented but ruled.