The left might be lambasting Thompson for his latest statement on "man-made" Global Warming:
"...one of his three dozen postings on National Review Online, the former Tennessee senator compared scientists who warn about man-made climate change to those centuries ago who suppressed Galileo’s scientific findings because science — like the “consensus” on global warming — had already been “absolutely decided.”
He also wrote: “It seems scientists have noticed recently that quite a few planets in our solar system seem to be heating up a bit, including Pluto. This has led some people, not necessarily scientists, to wonder if Mars and Jupiter, non-signatories to the Kyoto Treaty, are actually inhabited by alien SUV-driving industrialists who run their air-conditioning at 60 degrees and refuse to recycle.” (source)
But they might need to put some things in context:
"...In April, 1975, NEWSWEEK published a small back-page article about a very different kind of disaster. Citing "ominous signs that the earth's weather patterns have begun to change dramatically," the magazine warned of an impending "drastic decline in food production." Political disruptions stemming from food shortages could affect "just about every nation on earth." Scientists urged governments to consider emergency action to head off the terrible threat of . . . well, if you had been following the climate-change debates at the time, you'd have known that the threat was: global cooling..." (source)
...And the left says Republicans are in the business of creating a "climate of fear".