I am part way through a book called Bad Science by Ben Goldacre. Although not concerned at all with climate science he throws in what appear to be some appropriate statements for the state of the politics (both sides) of some of the science these days:
‘You cannot reason people out of positions they didn’t reason themselves into.’
‘... throughout the world of pseudoscience instead of addressing the criticisms, or embracing the new findings in a new model, they seem to shift the goal posts and retreat, crucially, into untestable positions.’
‘What we are offered is graphs of ‘results’. To focus on the methods is to miss the point of the experiment, they aren’t about methods, they are about positive results, the graph and appearance of science. They are superficially plausible totems.’
He also mentions Plato's 'noble myth' in which inappropriate means are used to reach a good end
Just thought I would throw these out there and see what comes back.