Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Born Again Atheist

Global warming research can be run like a religion. Michael Crichton noted: “Environmentalism seems to be the religion of choice for urban atheists….If you look carefully, you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths” He takes us through the comparison—there's an initial Eden, a paradise and perfect unity with nature. Then there's a fall from paradise into pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge. We are all “energy sinners,” but we may seek salvation, which is now called sustainability. Organic food is its communion. link

The Interfaith Stewardship Alliance released—A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Response to Global Warming. In the report fifty-six actual scientists doubt the certainty of catastrophic, man-made global warming. Their substantial number constitutes a substantial debate. link

Additionally, in my research of global warming history, I’ve noticed that proponents easily draw money-lines connecting corporations and skeptical scientists but rarely recognize the buzz-word money-line to their own wallets. The research proposals that have the most political “buzz” get the most grant money. If nothing else, we must consider the incentive political capital gained. Interestingly, I’ve read that a famous global warming activist recently defected, Claude Allegre, saying, “the ecology of helpless protesting has become a very lucrative business for some people!” link


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