How tough are times for adherents to the theory that global warming is going to kill us all?
James Lovelock just admitted this week that he does not know what the climate will do.
Lovelock is the godfather of global warming.
Losing him comes after three major discoveries announced this month that refute several gloom-and-doom predictions.
Officials in Canada discovered more polar bears than they thought they had. The reason polar bears are thinner and heading south is classic overpopulation, not melting ice.
The second revelation is that we have twice as many Emperor penguins along the coast of Antarctica as we thought. Using satellite pictures, scientists counted nearly 600,000 penguins in 44 colonies, including seven previously unknown colonies.
The third revelation is that far from disappearing by 2035, the glaciers of the Himalaya Mountains are stable and expanding in some areas.
Now the adherents to this theory have lost Lovelock, the godfather of global warming.
"The problem is we don't know what the climate is doing," Lovelock told MSNBC on Monday.
"We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books - mine included - because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn't happened."
How nice of him to finally admit what was obvious to some of us all along: We don't know.
Along with microbiologist Lynn Margulis, Lovelock developed the Gaia hypothesis, which holds that everything on the planet is closely integrated to form a single and self-regulating complex system.
Some say it is another New Age religion.
One of the tenets of his hypothesis is that because of man's sinful activity, Gaia will kill us all in a fiery inferno.
His first book was "Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth Is Fighting Back - and How We Can Still Save Humanity."
But as his forecasts and those of lesser lights such as Al Gore have proved to be false, the public woke up and smelled the coffee.