Has Big Green's global warming campaign been such a total failure that it's prompting a wholesale house-cleaning of the movement's top leadership?

It may just be a coincidence of parallel succession plans moving forward, but that might be as hard to believe as the claim that fewer tornadoes in a year proves global warming.

In any case, Matthew Vadum, senior editor of the Capital Research Center, points out that five key environmental leaders are heading for the exits.

Ships being abandoned?

"Maggie Fox, CEO for Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, is leaving her organization in the spring," Vadum wrote recently in Front Page Magazine.

"Formerly known as the Alliance for Climate Protection, the group changed its name after a hard-fought push to enact cap-and-trade legislation fizzled.

"National Wildlife Federation CEO Larry Schweiger, Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions President Eileen Claussen, and Greenpeace USA's youthful Executive Director Phil Radford are also decamping from their respective posts this year."

Heavyweights waving bye-bye

Rather than an improbable coinciding of succession plans, a more likely explanation for these departures and others that may also be in the offing among Big Green titans is probably found in the public opinion data.

Despite multi-billion dollar budgets, ceaseless uncritical reporting of their work in the mainstream media and dominance of the federal environmental policy-making bureaucracy, the American public remains, at best, apathetic about global warming.

Vadum points to this from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:

“The American public routinely ranks dealing with global warming low on its list of priorities for the president and Congress ... it ranked at the bottom of the 21 [issues] tested” in 2013.

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