Global warming as religion

by Michael Fumento on February 21, 2010

in Blog

Everything I write that I plan to place in a publication I first run past my best friend Matt, a truly gifted editor. One of his special “talents” in my case, though, is that he has no great expertise in science or health or really any of the topics I write about. Therefore things I often assume the reader will understand he’s able to help me reframe wording and arguments to make them more comprehensible.

What Matt does well is religion. He’s very much a C.S. Lewis fan, but has an extremely broad background in theological writings. He’s more into the moderns than the classics.

As it happens, of all the science and health issues I do write about, which is a lot, the one that’s truly caught Matt’s imagination is global warming. Mind you, sometimes I catch onto things instantly that other people never grasp. It’s part of my forte. But other times I can be a bit slow to grasp what others might more quickly. So I had to ponder Matt’s fascination with global warming whereas you, gentle reader, might have latched onto it pretty quickly.

The answer, of course, is that global warming is a religion.

Mind, I’m not saying it doesn’t have scientific aspects.

The earth has measurably warmed since the mid-1800s. And there is validity to the greenhouse effect theory. We just don’t know why the earth has warmed, save that it also warmed during medieval times without any need for man-made greenhouse gases.

As to the greenhouse effect theory, as I understand it it suffers in two major ways. First, there are all sorts of natural phenomenon that serve to counteract the effect of GHGs reflecting heat back into outer space. Second, we don’t know what concentrations are required to do this reflecting. It could be vastly higher levels than we’re at or in fact will ever reach, because every ton of GHG released into the atmosphere has slightly less of an effect than the ton before.

But many religions have a lot of truth at the core, even as others were made up by a single person out of whole cloth.

The idea of global warming as religion is hardly new, insofar as a Google search on the term brings up seven million references. It appears to have been popularized by the late novelist Michael Crichton whose 2003 essay on it can be found here.

I’m not going to summarize it for you, but save to say global warming has at least two major features associated it with religion.

First is the tremendous reliance on faith. No matter how many times the warmists are refuted on the data, they never waver in their faith. But the second, and the truly obnoxious aspect, is the fanaticism. Religious wars tend to be the bloodiest, and these people tend to be incredibly vicious in every way, whether trying to identify all serious skeptics as being associated with industry (I’ve been “linked to” ExxonMobil in a dozen ways, yet I’ve never gotten a bit of support, financial or otherwise, from any petroleum company) or merely being crackpots.

Today I read we’re “the same people who told you smoking wasn’t harmful.” Golly, I don’t recall ever saying that. I’ve have said smoking is just about the stupidest thing healthwise an individual can do.

Apologies to those of you for whom this is nothing new (but nobody forced you to read this far!), but I thought that what was novel was that my friend, whose tremendous love in life is theology, picked up on this aspect probably without anybody overtly suggesting to him that global warming was a religion. Like the canary in the coal mine, he simply picked up on the danger.

Tom February 21, 2010 at 7:50 am

Sharing important features with, but not quite being, religioN/

The word, my friend, is religiousity.

A very useful word, I also apply it to faith-based docterines like Marxism, and its ridiculous premise that people have no innate bad qualities, but recieve them all from a malfunctioning society.

Pat Moffitt February 21, 2010 at 9:15 am

"All civil and national institutions eventually degenerate and consecrate themselves into supernatural and divine laws. Similarly all supernatural and divine laws strengthen and maintain themselves by degenerating into civil and national laws. This reciprocal degeneration is one of the most fatal to the happiness and instruction of the human race."

DENIS DIDEROT (1713-1754), “Political Fragments,” Complete Works

Mr Cannuckistan February 21, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I think what links religion and global warming is the tactics of discourse. Al Gore, and the AGW community in general, use terms like 'moral imperative' and 'deniers' to set up a type of cognitive dissonance within the general public. This dissonance creates a confirmation bias in people's ability to see the true facts sitting right in front of them. They disregard evidence that confirms the dissonance in an effort to eliminate it.

ron from Texas February 23, 2010 at 3:01 am

Short answer, I think it is a religion, too, to some people. Hailed media pundits, Gore has received reglious monikers. By the very, supposedly objective media pundits.

Kelly February 23, 2010 at 11:00 am

Absurd images from recent National Dutch Climate Change PR-Event "Beat the Heat".

Meet the activists – simply too dim-witted and self-absorbed to realize what fools they are making of themselves..

Meet the winners of the Climate Science Quiz ["What would the temperature of the earth be without the influence of G/house gases??"]..

and watch someone being woken up.. by the subversive methods of an undercover skeptic..

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lenna From corvette zr1 March 18, 2010 at 10:41 am

Thanks for the your courage to bring the truth in public. I fully agree to your notion. Here some other reason is related to religion is Birth control. Some religion don’t approve birth control. Higher rate of birth is need more accommodation & more foods Which cause destroy forest.

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