Global Warming: Half Politics, Half Religion

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This imperious and self-righteous tendency is part of the missionary afflatus that has come to dominate the sensibility of the West—e.g., exporting democracy to the Arabs, or instilling utopian socialism in a generation of university students, or, in the case under consideration, saving the planet through media conversion or legislative force. Political science has, in effect, become dominical theology. Too many of us tend to divert our spiritual needs from the numinous to the meretricious, and to play the God we have abandoned by believing, to quote Peter Foster, that we “can intelligently design both the global economy and the weather” (National Post, April 11, 2012).

Indeed, the transformation of politics into a debased type of religion may be the bedrock definition of that otherwise debatable term, “fascism,” further specified as “ecofascism” by Janet Biehl and Peter Staudermaier in their book of that title. This would be true in many different spheres of human endeavor as an entire cultural world is gradually emptied of its marrow and vitality and rendered unsustainable in the long run. As the authors write in their follow-up book Ecofascism Revisited, “It is easy to overlook the fact that there are still virulent strains of fascism in our political culture,” especially in the guise of what they call “reactionary ecology.” Similarly, in our present context, observes Jonah Goldberg in Liberal Fascism, “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.”

A perfect illustration of environmental fascism at work is provided by Steve Zwick of Forbes Magazine (April 19, 2012), who writes: “We know who the active denialists are…Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay. Let’s let their houses burn until the innocent are rescued. Let’s swap their safe land for submerged islands.” Res ipsa loquitur. As expected, Zwick’s screed leans on brazenly tendentious items. He cites a Yale and Georgetown poll, claiming that 72% of Americans “see a link between weather and our own actions.” Given their politically correct origins, such figures are highly dubious. The far more reliable Rasmussen survey reports that 51% of Americans attribute extreme weather to “long-term planetary trends”; only 19% “blame human activity” (Rasmussen Reports, May 13, 2011). Similarly, Zwick’s claim that the earliest climate models “have proven accurate over time” flies in the face of the real facts. Zwick is a fervent warmist and his deposition is essentially a casuistical and fundamentalist document, an expression of dogma rather than disinterested inquiry.

The ginned-up environmental fright has given these quasi-religious enthusiasts, statist visionaries and power-seekers the “green light” to legislative domination of Western electorates and the projected reorganization of society along synodic or absolutist lines. The numbers, graphs, charts and formulae regularly brandished before us to buttress their machinations look impressive, at least initially. Looks, as the old adage admonishes, can be deceiving, and this is doubly so when the partisans of an ominous intention cannily affect a passionate love for the planet and a solicitude for the future of humanity. But apart from those who are in the game for the abundant perks they can reap, they are, regrettably and for the most part, ardent zealots who have mixed politics and theology to everyone’s cost—including their own. For what we are now witnessing was predicted long ago by that most prescient of philosophers, Friedrich Nietzsche, in The Will to Power, namely, the rise of “the millenarian urge in temporal form,” whose consequences will be devastating. Until these eco-fanatics are finally put to shame and their liturgical extravagances laid bare, we will continue to swelter in the heat of their thermogenic rhetoric.

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  • The Infidel

    The difference I think, is the line between stopping chemicals being pumped into rivers neat and doing damage to the eco system and sending us all back to being flint tooled nomadic gatherers (hunting will be banned).

    The Greenies did have a good effect in times past, but those successes have caused them to become selfthinking all powerful distroyers of all things civilised. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutly.

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    A member of our group of activists on behalf of Eretz Israel who is also very much up to speed with the global warming proceedings, coined a new name for those folk, "warm mongers".
    It says it all…

    • Amused

      Most Israelis are smarter than "your group " .An Israeli study has shown that basic food/grain crops areactuially changing genetically due to rising mean temperatures , they are blossoming earlier to avoidhotter periods which would destroy the blossoms . The KOOL_AID drinkers in this argument are the climate change deniers . I hope none of your bunch are kibbutzim who grow crops .

      • SHmuel HaLevi

        I can afford to say this because I live in Eretz Israel and I am also an American Citizen.
        Judging by whom we elect both here and there, I would be very careful to spread kudos to the "kibbutz" ideology and the equivalent in the US. Some of my family are old kibbutz people… Can't deny that… :LOL
        The last time I checked mutations or as Darwinist folk like to call it, evolutionary changes do occur. Part of the marvelous system G.d prepared and maintains for us all.
        The cereals we all consume today are conclusively not those that our forefathers gathered or cultivated. I have some "Indian" corn seeds on the kernel yet. There you people can easily see "the colors".
        We are a family with cattle Ranches and large spreads of fine croplands in Argentina. Maintain close connections with others in the same fields in Kenya, S. Sudan, the US, Australia, etc.
        We know also the kibbutzim's work as well as that of the Weitzman Institute. Mixing ideology and science is not in my line of work.
        My firm supported until not long ago the Laboratories of many critical industries here, including all branches.
        As a former Senior-Fellow Engineer, US Department of Defense, Military Avionics had the privilege of leading a major laboratory where I developed a Patent which I hold, a key Patent developed to control and reverse the Ozone layer damage caused by certain substances. Patent No. 5288332, with Honeywell.
        Honeywell, DuPont and NASA had some connection with my Patent research work.
        Presently even after retirement remain a Professor, (Emeritus), Engineering.
        We did not then or ever accept data fiddling to "fit" the preset goals. We rigidly adhere to method.
        Having reviewed with many of my colleagues the data and claims presented by the bushels by the warm monger folk I found them ranging from pathetic to erroneous.

        • Amused

          UH ….check the research , these changes have occurred i the last 30 years , and the conclusions were not made by kibbutzim , but by Israeli scientists , the observations were obviously observed by Israeli farmers . No one was "fiddling " with data . Climate-gate , is the worn out mantra of the deniers , even though it has been debunked , taken out of context and cherry picked e-mails from the very start .

          • SHmuel HaLevi

            UH Amazed. In the last 30 years many of us have changed just as well… Please show me where it is agreed that NO CHANGES will occur at any level in our living Planet? It changes at one level or another every second.
            What must not be changed is the definition of fraud. Data MUST not be tampered with in any way shape or form. Internalize that. Mantras are not our province. Data has been tampered by warm mongers and that is that.
            Try to study the real world and you will be truly… amazed.
            Not long ago in geological terms the Fayoun area of Egypt was a luxurious forest where Plesiadapis uncles or cousins frolicked, then, many tens of thousands of years before the advent of Western industry, it "changed" into the most desolate depression one can find.
            About five miles from our home there is a cave that was inhabited by Autralopithecus Africanus, it changed into a shepherds refuge and A.A is gone.
            In the Carmel range it was found a cemetery including changing Neanderthal type humanoids into a type of Homo Sapiens similar to the Cro Magnon. That would be a family burial grounds it appears.
            Change is the spice of life and we join those that will deny the right of a few to use change to defraud the masses. No more warm mongering please.

          • Western Canadian

            See you’ve been educating yourself with newbites again. Explains your level of ignorance.

  • tarleton

    But it's worse than that , Environmentalism is profoundly ANTI -HUMAN and neo -pagan …..mankind is the cause of all of the ''planet's problems ''…these eco creeps may like people on a personal level , but hate mankind in the abstract

    Or as Heinrich Heine predicted….
    Christianity – and that is its greatest merit – has somewhat mitigated that brutal Germanic love of war, but it could not destroy it. Should that subduing talisman, the cross, be shattered, the frenzied madness of the ancient warriors, that insane Berserk rage of which Nordic bards have spoken and sung so often, will once more burst into flame. This talisman is fragile, and the day will come when it will collapse miserably. Then the ancient stony gods will rise from the forgotten debris and rub the dust of a thousand years from their eyes, and finally Thor with his giant hammer will jump up and smash the Gothic cathedrals. (…)

  • Vierotchka

    Nothing but utter nonsense here, both in the article and in the comments.

  • tagalog

    What's an "obelus?"

  • John F. Borowski

    Sadly….some of you have swallowed the poison of corporate America who use millions of dollars and "scientists" who proclaim "corporate science" to confuse the public. Global warming is simple physics. Carbon dioxide absorbs infrared radiation/more heat. We are pumping huge amounts of it into the atmosphere. Then, you have ecological laws: the ocean absorbs much of the CO2 (stored in the shells of critters). Too much CO2…the oceans cannot "process it" and acid forms. Acid levels in the oceans are dropping. Too much heat/too quickly: ecosystems react….migrating species/thrown off food chains. Too much heat: land ice melts (Greenland/Antarctica). Too much heat…floating ice melts: the Arctic. Extra heat: powerful storms. This is science. To deny it…is tragic. Environmentalism is all about humans. I care for polar bears, mountains and the climate because I love my kids and grandkids. I want functional ecosystems to provide for a stable economy and a predictable set of natural events. Those who proclaim that global warming is false or a sometime of a religion are blind to facts or brainwashed by the constant drumbeat of corporate PR or simply not thinking clearly. Please think clearly.

    • tarleton

      Predictions of global warming are wild, hysterical exaggerations , as you very well know …these educated idiots cannot predict the climate in 25 years anymore than they can predict the weather in 3 months

    • Bernard

      Sadly….some of you have swallowed the poison of Greenwash who use millions of dollars and "scientists" who proclaim "green science" to confuse the public. Global warming is simple physics. Carbon dioxide absorbs infrared radiation/more heat is released to outer space. We are adding tiny amounts of it into the atmosphere,0.0016% per 100 years(or maybe less than this). Then, you have ecological laws: the ocean absorbs much of the CO2 (stored in the shells of critters). Too much CO2…the oceans thrive and more critters grow. Acid levels in the oceans are stable. Too much C02 ecosystems react….thriving and growing more species.(why do you think things grow in summer?) Too much C02 land ice grows (Greenland/Antarctica). Too much C02…floating ice grows: the Arctic. Extra C02: Lowest amount of storms. This is science. To deny it…is tragic. Environmentalism is all about Money and Power. I care for polar bears, mountains and the climate, because I love my kids and grandkids. I dream of a La,La,Land promised by Greenwash.I want functional ecosystems to provide for a stable economy and a predictable set of natural events.(The Promised Land) Those who proclaim that global warming is false or something of a religion are well aware of the facts and cannot be brainwashed by the constant drumbeat of Greenwash with their $360 billion dollar budget. Please think clearly. Please donate as much as you can to Greenwash funds,I want my La,La,Land.

    • johnnywoods

      There you have it folks. We have a blind man trying to describe a beautiful sunset to us as if he knew more about what they look like than we do. John if you are so concerned about co2 then go plant some trees and quit talking.

      • John F. Borowski

        I live in the woods in Oregon. In the last 15 years…I have planted over 200 plus trees. So….I practice what I talk about. You?

        • Banastre tarleton

          then go back to your little green fantasy world and stop trying to scare schoolchildren with your apocalyptic predictions ….it's all over now , you twerps have cried wolf waaaaay too many times for your own good ….you eco twits will still be crying ''GLOBAL WARMING '' as you're being stalked by a polar bear in the next mini ice age …you'll be like a group of terrified chickens shrieking gg g ggg GG GLOBAL WARMING

          • Ron

            Can you deny that CO2 traps heat? Can you deny that there is more of it being emitted to the atmosphere? Can you deny that plants absorb CO2? Can you deny that increasing population leads to less plants (sometimes swamps being reclaimed) thus leading to less plants to absorb more CO2? And that is supposed to be basic common knowledge.

            Maybe you actually deny all these; but that makes you plain stupid. You have your eyes so much upon your nose it's tragic. No politics here, or religion (I am a born again Christian, politically neutral if that puts anything in perspective). It's one thing being indifferent to a deteriorating planet, but to actually deny it (inspite of the facts) is, as John F says tragic. It's not rational at all.

  • tarleton

    Environmentalism and it's apocalyptic cult of global warming is a neurosis that began in the rairified air of academia …only a group of sheltered, neurotic , pseudo intellectuals could come up with such thing

  • reality

    Be CO2 the only link to globel wanming or not, at least the leftiesti has succesfully create another psudo economy by tradring CO2 on the market. Do they consider how many trees does each participating contry has planted?

  • Benwelgoed

    This article would've been pretty good to set up a grade school discussion on spelling, as well as on slanted news. Hats off for this achievement.

  • John F. Borowski

    Sadly….all soundbytes and few facts. The new conservative mantra.."Make up data." By the way "reality'….if you know any facts: carbon trading was a scheme of the Republicans. Just like Obama care was actual a counter-proposal to Clinton's plan back in the 1990s. Facts do matter.

  • Amused

    The Earth is warming up. The rate of warming has increased in the past century or so. This corresponds to the time of the Industrial Revolution, when we started dumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases warm the planet (hence the name) — if they didn’t we’d have an average temperature below the freezing point of water. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas which is dumped into the atmosphere by humans to the tune of 30 billion tons per year, 100 times the amount from volcanoes. And finally, approximately 97% of climatologists who actually study climate agree that global warming is real, and caused by humans.

    So smarten up repocons ,science is REAL.The "corporate bullshheeet " that fills your head was meant for morons to suck up .Scientific American , The American Journal Of Science , are profressional , not psuedo -cut and paste amatuers like most of you here . Science put men on the moon, the lander on Mars and the spacecraft that have gone through Saturns rings , Einstein's relativity [ E=mc2 ] gave you your GPS so that you morons can find your way home ,and your flat screen tvs to watch your favorite repocon ranting loons like Beck on tv .

    • Western Canadian

      The world has been coming out of the little ice age for more than a century, it would be rather odd if the temperature hadn’t increased… It is cooler now than 1000 years ago, and 2000 years ago. The industrial revolution began over a century ago. Greenouse gases are subject to Beers law, so even mentioning the need for some level to ensure the earth is actually capable of sustaining life, demonstrates you don’t understand the basics… And since the ’97%’ was dozens cherry picked out of thousands of replies to a survey, you don’t understand that concept either. There never has been a concensus on human impact on climate, and anyone who says there is, is a fool or a liar. Or in your case, both.

    • Banastre tarleton

      so the climate changes ….WHAT A REVELATION …you don't represent science , moron …you represent science corrupted by ideology

  • Amused

    …..and please don't try to prove how stupid you all are by saying "carbon dioxide feeds plants " , a reply made by many simpletons .

    • reader

      Actually, this proves how stupid you are. Simple facts are for simpletons? How bout far-out fantasies are for utopian lunatics? "Please don't tell me that the population of polar bears are not going down – speaking of Al Gore – I've stuck fingers to my ears – nah-nah-nah!!!!"

  • Amused

    If there was no Al Gore [ a democrat ] , and no big oil and coal companies who conservatives traditionally suck up to , then your self imposed ignorance of science and delusions of conspiracy [politically motivated] just might allow you morons to think clearly and objectively .
    "Little Ice Age " ??? LOL….what schmucks !!! If Rush Limbaugh said there was Global Warming you'd all jump on that band wagon without hesitation .
    This article should read " Science denied by Religion and Politics " LOLOL….and we all know there ain't no corruption there huh ? Ignorance RULES in the REPOCON PARTY , EXACTLY FOR RELIGIOUS AND IDEOLOGICAL REASONS .

  • Flowerknife_us

    When Greenland was reforming its ice cap. Did those living on the sea shore suddenly find their homes inland?

  • ravi

    FOR MORE ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING JUST SWITCH TO… http://www.scienceocean.com

  • Amused

    No religion , no politics -thanks Ravi . Hey Flowerknife_us , give it a read .It will seperate political and ideological MEMES from reality . And BTW check out the backgrounds of Sen.Inhoe's " 400 experts " -40% are paid by big corporations , 20% are nor scientists at all , the remainder are weatherforcasters and retired scientists who've been out of tyhe loop in the light of present knowledge regarding climate changes and it's anthropogenic forcing factors .