The Hope and Change Presidency. The economy, foreign policy, domesticm policy, Afstan, cash for clunkers, spendulous, cap and trade, health care reform – pick whichever seems the most important to you and run with it.
Cold Fusion gets an honorable mention, but didn’t quite make the grade to be one of the big 3. Plus, I needed room to take a gratuitous swipe at the magic unicorn of hope n change.
The difference between AGW and cold fusion is that Fleischmann and Pons, original claimants of cold fusion technology, made their materials and methods available for widespread scrutiny. This scrutiny quickly led to objective observers finding problems with the methodologies and conclusions, and challenging them. If only a similar tract had been followed in the AGW debate – who knows how many trillions of dollars could have been saved and used for something productive. As for that “making your data and methods available for others to replicate your work” – it’s really not that novel of a concept – it’s called the scientific method.
Your list, of course, may differ