In news that doesn’t make you feel too great about the power of viral ideas, there is apparently an effort underway by conservative blogs to get people to vote for Climate Audit as the Best Science Blog in the 2007 Weblog Awards. Basically, conservative sites are telling their readers that the award would be a great way to combat the idea that global warming is a scientifically sound phenomenon, which a vast majority of science blogs (and, um, actual scientists) seem to subscribe to.
BoingBoing was quick to jump on this since they believe that this is a politically motivated campaign that has little to do with science. Of course, once BoingBoing chimes in the fun really starts, as you can see in the 200+ comments on the most recent Climate Audit post.
The consensus amongst non-conservative blogs is that Bad Astronomy, a site that, among other things, talks about misconceptions regarding astronomy, should win the award. In fact, Bad Astronomy is playing hardball and actually embedding the voting application directly into their latest post. As of the time of this post, Bad Astronomy is behind by about 500 votes.
What do you think? You can go cast your vote here for a little while longer.