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The bottom line, Solway recognizes, is that Warmism is yet another statist, collectivist, technocratic attempt to “regulate our lives down to the tiniest details” – and for that reason must be viewed with the utmost seriousness, even if the whole thing is thoroughly deserving of ridicule. Solway tells of a British power company that – shades of Stalin! – actually encourages kids to “inform…on their parents who might be committing ‘climate crimes.’” He quotes Czech president Vaclav Klaus: “As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism.” In a similar vein, British biogeographer Philip Stott warns that Warmism has “replac[ed] Marxism as a dominant force for controlling liberty and human choices,” and French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy speaks of “Reds who have now turned Greens…of the revolutionary jihad variety.” Then there’s Jonah Goldberg’s observation, in Liberal Fascism, that “environmentalism gives license to the sort of moral bullying and intrusion that, were it couched in terms of traditional morality, liberals would immediately denounce as fascist.”
As Solway sums it up, climate change is the religion of choice for “a fervid congregation of believers, do-gooders, talking heads, leftist apparatchiks, academic elites, cynical exploiters, eco-fascists, petty despots and saints-in-the-making, all chanting together the glossolalia of climate warming.” And if media like the Times don’t acknowledge this, it’s either because they don’t get it, or because they’ve gone too far at this point to reject “their years of advocacy” and face the truth. That’s a bare-bones summary of Solway’s case; what I can’t capture here is the eloquence and wit with which he makes it. What I can say about his book, in closing, is this: everything you need to know the next time you’re confronted with some cocksure, brainwashed acolyte of the Warmist faith and want to shut him (her?) up decisively can be found in its pages.
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