When Andrew Bolt reported the latest hit count at around 9pm Perth time, it stood at 16,500,000.
When I clicked on the link in his post that took you to the Google search result at around 10:20pm, it had already increased to 18,500,000.
Was the figure on Andrew's blog a typo, a mistake? I suppose it could be, but if not, then there is a phenomenon happening right now. Actually, even if it was a typo, there's something big happening right now.
The term Climategate is less than two weeks old. I think increasingly people have just had enough of being nagged endlessly about climate change. As well, I suspect that they are put off by the whiff of old-fashioned religious puritanism and fanaticism that has come to characterise the modern environmental movement.
I note that the latest issue of New Scientist has an article going on about the carbon footprint of coffee. I mean really, where does this wowsering preaching end?