This is a sad development for academia. A leading contrary opinion in honest opposition to the political hegemony of AGW has resigned her position because of political climate in her field.
Here's the telling quote from her resignation letter:
I've been a big fan of Curry for quite some time. She's got a dozen interview podcasts easily found and the take away from most of them is one word: UNCERTAINTY.A deciding factor was that I no longer know what to say to students and postdocs regarding how to navigate the CRAZINESS in the field of climate science. Research and other professional activities are professionally rewarded only if they are channeled in certain directions approved by a politicized academic establishment — funding, ease of getting your papers published, getting hired in prestigious positions, appointments to prestigious committees and boards, professional recognition, etc.
How young scientists are to navigate all this is beyond me, and it often becomes a battle of scientific integrity versus career suicide (I have worked through these issues with a number of skeptical young scientists).
Never forget: Science + Politics = Politics
Can't be otherwise and AGW is the most politicized area of science I know.