"Leave NASA and they're limited and continuously dwindling funds for space research, or we're going to be left in the dust "
It's not "we're", it's "weir"!
I'm pretty convinced the distribution of people's opinions form a smooth curve (think lumpy Gaussian). The fraction of people believing in AGW will increase because a believable scientific skeptic (i.e. someone with a traditional scientific attitude) looked at the data like a skeptic should, and found AGW credible. His lack of conflict-of-interest and straightforward questions about AGW reassure conservatives.
Skeptical conservatives got their hackles up when AGW was promptly used to justify immense increase in government power. Since governments have killed 100 million people, don't bother trying to scare me into granting them more power without convincing me that it's worth the risk.
Where's the study that shows government power is less lethal than AGW? Let's talk about ways to ensure that.
Money cannot buy love, nor even friendship.