Climate change alarmism and apocalyptic religion

Just reading this article by Nigel Lawson, reproduced on Watts Up With That, there is this excellent section which concurs with much of my own opinion that climate change alarmism is disguised fundamentalist religion:

It is difficult to escape the conclusion that climate change orthodoxy has in effect become a substitute religion, attended by all the intolerant zealotry that has so often marred religion in the past, and in some places still does so today.

Throughout the Western world, the two creeds that used to vie for popular support, Christianity and the atheistic belief system of Communism, are each clearly in decline. Yet people still feel the need both for the comfort and for the transcendent values that religion can provide. It is the quasi-religion of green alarmism and global salvationism, of which the climate change dogma is the prime example, which has filled the vacuum, with reasoned questioning of its mantras regarded as little short of sacrilege.

The parallel goes deeper. As I mentioned earlier, throughout the ages the weather has been an important part of the religious narrative. In primitive societies it was customary for extreme weather events to be explained as punishment from the gods for the sins of the people; and there is no shortage of this theme in the Bible, either — particularly, but not exclusively, in the Old Testament. The contemporary version of this is that, as a result of heedless industrialisation within a framework of materialistic capitalism, we have directly (albeit not deliberately) perverted the weather, and will duly receive our comeuppance.

There is another aspect, too, which may account for the appeal of this so-called explanation. Throughout the ages, something deep in man’s psyche has made him receptive to apocalyptic warnings that the end of the world is nigh. And almost all of us, whether we like it or not, are imbued with feelings of guilt and a sense of sin. How much less uncomfortable it is, how much more convenient, to divert attention away from our individual sins and reasons to feel guilty, and to sublimate them in collective guilt and collective sin.

Why does this matter? It matters, and matters a great deal, on two quite separate grounds. The first is that it has gone a long way towards ushering in a new age of unreason. It is a cruel irony that, while it was science which, more than anything else, was able by its great achievements, to establish the age of reason, it is all too many climate scientists and their hangers-on who have become the high priests of a new age of unreason.

I’ve been religious in the past (actually quite a long time ago, now I think about it) but I certainly recognize a perennial result of the belief in Original Sin and the coming Judgment Day: Apocalyptic Fever.

There’s a reason why people such as Steve McIntyre, Ross McKitrick, Patrick Michaels, Nigel Lawson and Christopher Monckton are derided in such extreme ways – because they are morally depraved, incapable of grasping the truth that Judgment Day is coming and heretics should be burned, less we all be thrown into the fire of climate Hell.

The entire speech is excellent. I’ve liked Nigel Lawson so much better when he stopped being a machine politician.

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