The Goreacle

Global Warming: The Religion

For many global warming has become a substitute for religious, with rituals (recycling), festivals (Earth Day) and even indulgences (carbon offsets for Al Gore’s private jet travel). Sally Jewell’s exhortation was just another form of worship. -Michael Barone.

The Peoples Cube

The Enlightenment’s attachment to secular rationality rejected mankind’s fundamental hunger for religion. Human beings need a faith, and the secular world will never truly divorce itself from dogma.

  There is an essential truth in that, and it may be most evident today in the forms that environmental activism takes.

-Noah Rothman Go To Site

Giaever said his climate research was eye opening. “I was horrified by what I found” after researching the issue in 2012, he noted. “Global warming really has become a new religion. Because you cannot discuss it. It’s not proper. It is like the Catholic Church.” Go To Site

"...believe in climate change as though it's a religion, it's not a science-- and all the things that need to be done, and there is a lot."

-US Senator Mazie Hirono Go To Site

The reason why climate science is controversial is that it is both a science and a religion. Belief is strong, even when scientific evidence is weak. -Freeman Dyson Go To Site

“For me the protection of planet Earth, the survival of all species and sustainability of our ecosystems is more than my mission, it is my religion.” -Rajendra Pachauri Go To Site

Global warming proved a near secular religion that filled a deep psychological longing for some sort of transcendent meaning among mostly secular Western grandees. -Victor Davis Hansen Go To Site

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Lindzen compares global warming to past politicized scientific movements: the eugenics movement in the early 20th Century and Lysenkoism in the Soviet Union under Stalin. However, the MIT professor argues that global warming goes even beyond what these past movements in terms of twisting science. “Global Warming has become a religion,” writes Lindzen. “A surprisingly large number of people seem to have concluded that all that gives meaning to their lives is the belief that they are saving the planet by paying attention to their carbon footprint.

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Talking about the environmental movement, Lovelock says: "It’s become a religion, and religions don’t worry too much about facts." The retired scientist, who worked at the Medical Research Council, describes himself as an "old-fashioned green."

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Environmentalism has "become a religion" and does not pay enough attention to facts, according to James Lovelock. The 94 year-old scientist, famous for his Gaia hypothesis that Earth is a self-regulating, single organism, also said that he had been too certain about the rate of global warming in his past book, that "it’s just as silly to be a [climate] denier as it is to be a believer” and that fracking and nuclear power should power the UK, not renewable sources such as windfarms.

A God-Shaped Hole...

  Just because conventional religious practice is on the decline doesn't mean Americans will have no need to fill what the journalist Murtaza Hussain calls the country's "God-shaped hole."...

  As religion decreasingly becomes something Americans practice, it may instead become another identity, subsumed into the ongoing culture wars.

All the trappings of a religion...

  As French philosopher Pascal Bruckner wrote in his book “The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse: Save the Earth, Punish Human Beings,” the current movement has all the trappings of a religion: saints, sinners, a providential end, apocalyptic fear, punishment, and penance.

Have Faith, My Children.

Be Faithful, My Children.

"The liberal climate cause is easier to understand if you think of it as a religion. Monday’s talkathon sounded at times like a religious revival. Senators spoke about the faithful who “believe in wind” and “believe in renewable” energy. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said climate for him is “a faith issue.”

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Global Warming The Religion: Sin

In big and small ways, day after day, we all pollute the air, water and land. But have you ever taken a moment to consider your biggest environmental sin? -Connie Midey

So if California burns, you send your high priest (in carbon -belching Air Force One, but never mind) to the bone-dry land to offer up, on behalf of the repentant congregation, a $1 billion burnt offering called a “climate resilience fund.” Ah, settled science in action.

-Charles Krauthammer Go To Site

Climate-change proponents have made their cause a matter of fealty and faith. For folks who pretend to be brave carriers of the scientific ethic, there’s more than a tinge of religion in their jeremiads.

  If you whore after other gods, the Bible tells us, “the Lord’s wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit” (Deuteronomy 11).

  Sounds like California. Except that today there’s a new god, the Earth Mother. And a new set of sins — burning coal and driving a fully equipped F-150.

-Charles Krauthammer Go To Site

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.

-Nigel Lawson Go To Site

The world’s religions “have never overlooked the part played in civilization by a sense of guilt,” which is why they seek “to redeem mankind from this sense of guilt, which they call sin.”

-Sigmund Freud Go To Site

Environmental Sins of Today and the Future affect mostly air and water pollution from current industry operations. Environmental Sins of the Present and Future also include Climate Change, a political hot potato that is increasingly unpopular in the depths of high unemployment.

-Jon Anderson Go To Site

For many people reading this, air travel is their most serious environmental sin. One round-trip flight from New York to Europe or to San Francisco creates a warming effect equivalent to 2 or 3 tons of carbon dioxide per person.

Moved by a Greek Orthodox patriarch's declaration that environmental abuse is "sin," an interfaith group of Christians, Jews and Native Americans this week stepped up efforts in the religious defense of the natural world... Bartholomew's remarks were believed to mark the first time that a major international religious figure explicitly linked environmental problems with sinful behavior.

Arizona State University student Vairavan "Vee" Subramanian's sin was drinking water only from disposable bottles. Sun City West couple Barbara and Lee Subke's was leaving the water running while they brushed their teeth. The three were able to atone for those lapses by making minor changes in their behavior.

EnvironMental Indulgences

Global Warming The Religion: Indulgences

An indulgence was a payment to the Catholic Church that purchased an exemption from punishment (penance) for some types of sins.

The analogy between Indulgences and Carbon Credits is very good, but especially as both create a source of income for those who identify and define the problem, exploit the guilt, and offer a solution. They also do nothing to ameliorate the supposed problems, the amount of sinning or the amount of CO2 going into the atmosphere from human sources. -Dr. Tim Ball Go To Site

"The Pardoner, a seller of indulgences, is a complete and shameless rogue; but Chaucer, not content with exposing his impudence, shows how good he was at his job and how powerfully he preached against sinfulness. The Pardoner had also been taught to use the figure of death to scare his hearers." -Paul Johnson Go To Site

Despite the potential for abuse, the concept of paying others to compensate for our environmental sins can be a valuable tool in helping reduce carbon emissions. -Carbon Offsets: The Indispensable Indulgence by Richard Conniff Go To Site

Religious Indulgences...

  Like other pre-Enlightenment belief systems, it posits a prelapsarian state of grace, a pristine, innocent, nature-harmonious Rousseau-ean past which has been corrupted by modernity, industrialisation and capitalism, notwithstanding their having wrought in just 250 years an improvement in the human condition unprecedented in previous millennia.

  It holds that the restoration of environmental equilibrium, the reversal of Man’s Fall from the Garden of Eden, requires above all sacrifice and submission to an elite, who will dispense indulgences – aka ‘carbon’-credits – while intolerantly silencing and excommunicating the heretics.

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"You can do it on an individual level or a corporate level. It’s the idea that you’re paying or you’re making up for your pollution and your sins." -CNN business correspondent Ali Velshi

EnvironMental Rituals

Global Warming The Religion: Rituals

Eventually I realized that these little sacrifices and lifestyle adjustments actually filled a psychological and spiritual need for many liberals. They were a secular variation of my Lenten fasting. -Rachel Lu

The point of entry into the world of Catholic ritual is the Mass, the main worship ceremony of the Church. Go To Site

Unfortunately, Earth Day for many has become yet another narcoleptic occasion to enact pointless environmental rituals while denouncing the greed and excesses they also find themselves ankle deep in. -Michael DeJong Go To Site

On Ash Wednesday (the day after Shrove Tuesday and the start of lent) Christians remember Jesus - they go to church and have the sign of the cross marked on their foreheads in ash. Go To Site

Ritual is an action or actions, performed in a prescribed order, which give greater reverence to worship... Ritual often gives the laity an opportunity to participate in an authentic way in worship. Go To Site

EnvironMental Festivals

Global Warming The Religion: Festivals

On Earth Day, Marina district residents took their celebrations a little too far, leaving behind a Fort Mason disaster zone.

Holidays, feasts and fasts are a significant part of Christian religious practice. The feast days celebrate joyous historical events, such as the birth and resurrection of Christ. Go To Site

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San Francisco may be the greenest city in the nation, but some residents have a funny way of showing their appreciation. On Earth Day, Marina district residents took their celebrations a little too far, leaving behind a Fort Mason disaster zone.

San Francisco may be the greenest city in the nation, but some residents have a funny way of showing their appreciation. On Earth Day, Marina district residents took their celebrations a little too far, leaving behind a Fort Mason disaster zone.

The Inquisition

Global Warming The Religion: The Inquisition

The Inquisition was a Roman Catholic tribunal for discovery and punishment of heresy, which was marked by the severity of questioning and punishment and lack of rights afforded to the accused.

Galileo Galilei was tried in 1633 for spreading the heretical view that the Earth orbits the sun, convicted by the Roman Catholic Inquisition, and remained under house arrest until his death. Today’s inquisitors seek their quarry’s imprisonment and financial ruin.

-David B. Rivkin Jr. and Andrew M. Grossman
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We are in a new Inquisition. Self-appointed censors try to stamp out any idea or word that they don’t wish to be aired — in the pursuit of a new race, class, gender, and environment orthodoxy.

  Hounding out people with different views is seen by the Left as a necessary means to achieve its supposedly noble goals — just like the Spanish Inquisitioners who claimed God was on their side as they went after religiously “incorrect” Jews, Muslims, and heretics.

-Victor Davis Hanson Go To Site

When reality stops cooperating with the faith, someone must get the blame, and it can never be the faith itself. And this is where the hunt for heretics within and without begins.

-Jonah Goldberg Go To Site

But whereas -- after an injunction had been judicially intimated to me by this Holy Office, to the effect that I must altogether abandon the false opinion that the sun is the center of the world and immovable, and that the earth is not the center of the world, and moves, and that I must not hold, defend, or teach in any way whatsoever, verbally or in writing, the said false doctrine...

-Recantation of Galileo, June 22, 1633 Go To Site

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NASA Scientist: Put CEOs On Trial for Global-Warming Lies, Heads of major fossil-fuel companies who spread disinformation about global warming should be 'tried for high crimes against humanity and nature,' according to leading climate scientist.

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A professor with Rochester Institute of Technology has called for the incarceration of any American who actively disagrees that climate change is solely caused by human activity... Torcello argues that malignant individuals, who he does not identify, are collectively organising a “campaign funding misinformation” about climate change. Torcello goes on to suggest that such activity “ought to be considered criminally negligent.”

Environmentalist, Liberal, Threats, Science, Crazy

"When we've finally gotten serious about global warming, when the impacts are really hitting us and we're in a full worldwide scramble to minimize the damage, we should have war crimes trials for these bastards—some sort of climate Nuremberg." -David Roberts

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James Hansen's testimony to US Congress will also criticise lobbyists and call for 'revolutionary' policies to tackle crisis...

Coronavirus: Useful in Exterminating Climate Change Skeptics...

  "Don’t take this the wrong way but if you were a young, hardline environmentalist looking for the ultimate weapon against climate change, you could hardly design anything better than coronavirus.

  Unlike most other such diseases, it kills mostly the old who, let’s face it, are more likely to be climate sceptics."

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David Suzuki has called for political leaders to be thrown in jail for ignoring the science behind climate change.

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The proposed legal change would be announced and widely publicized for an extended period before it came into force. During that time, GW deniers would have a chance to change their ways and escape punishment. The police would start to identify the most influential GW deniers who had not responded to the changed legal situation. These individuals would then be charged and brought to justice.

Kill the non-believers!

Feb. 2014 NY Times Suggests Killing ‘Climate Change Deniers’… Note the woman in the top right box using an icicle to stab a ‘denier’ in the chest... Global warming has made much of the country so cold that the Times is instructing its readers to use giant icicles to bludgeon the non-believers to death. -Ed Driscoll

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Former Democratic Sen. Tim Wirth of Colorado, now the president of the UN Foundation, said the flooding and forest fires in the United States this year are evidence of "the kind of dramatic climate impact" climate change models have predicted and that those in the know on climate change must “undertake an aggressive program to go after those who are among the deniers.”

Environmentalist, Liberal, Incitement, Crazy, Fascism, Demagoguery

We know who the active denialists are – not the people who buy the lies, mind you, but the people who create the lies. Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay. Let’s let their houses burn. Let’s swap their safe land for submerged islands. Let’s force them to bear the cost of rising food prices. They broke the climate. Why should the rest of us have to pay for it?

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“Our goal is nothing short of changing how the entire profession of meteorology tackles the issue of climate change,” the group explains on their website. “We’ll empower everyday people to make sure meteorologists understand that their viewers are counting on them to get this story right, and that those who continue to shirk their professional responsibility will be held accountable.

Warming, Crazy, Fear, Fascism

Meanwhile at the University of the West of England in Bristol this weekend, a conference of "eco-psychologists", led by a professor, are solemnly exploring the notion that "climate change denial" should be classified as a form of "mental disorder". -Christopher Booker

"It was established doctrine that witches were not witches by their own volition, but by Satan’s, and so burning them at the stake would purify them by pain so they could enter Heaven. The Church actually believed, and led the populace to believe, that it was doing witches a favor by torturing them and burning them to death."

-Paul Johnson Go To Site

Many in the climate change community have condemned what they call “skeptics,” often to the point of declaring them de facto criminals and assigning them to the same category as Holocaust deniers.

  They tell us that “the science is settled” and that we should shut up.

-Rand Simberg Go To Site

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Global Warming The Religion: Gaia Be Praised!

The new religion is here, a resurgent faith, as George Will writes, “in man-made global warming [which] is now a tissue of assertions impervious to evidence.”

A divinity called Gaia now receives the prayers and invocations of a vast sodality of devout worshippers. The new religion is here, a resurgent faith, as George Will writes, “in man-made global warming [which] is now a tissue of assertions impervious to evidence.” Go To Site

James Lovelock: environmentalism has become a religion... Scientist behind the Gaia hypothesis says environment movement does not pay enough attention to facts and he was too certain in the past about rising temperatures. Go To Site

Spiritual Needs

Global Warming The Religion: Filling Spiritual Needs

Eventually I realized that these little sacrifices and lifestyle adjustments actually filled a psychological and spiritual need for many liberals. They were a secular variation of my Lenten fasting. -Rachel Lu

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. -Nigel Lawson Go To Site

“I don’t think people have noticed that, but it’s got all the sort of terms that religions use … The greens use guilt. That just shows how religious greens are. You can’t win people round by saying they are guilty for putting (carbon dioxide) in the air.” -James Lovelock Go To Site

The truth is, scientists needn’t even crown themselves. Liberals are quite happy to plan the coronation for them. Spiritually-impoverished liberals all but demand that scientists serve as their gurus, prophets and political advisers. -Rachel Lu Go To Site

Self Esteem Addicts...

  Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important.

  They don't mean to do harm; but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.

  "What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself."

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Global Warming The Religion: Sacred Texts

In 1962, Rachel Carson helped kick off the rise of a new religion, environmentalism, and with it, the deaths of many in the Third World with her book "Silent Spring." Go To Site

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“Based on updated studies, AR4 [the IPCC 2007 report] conclusions regarding global increasing trends in drought since the 1970s were probably overstated.”

"None of You Need to be Converted"

John Kerry tells climate faithful: 'None of you need to be converted'

If global warming is irrefutable, it's not science, it's religion.

US Senator: Climate Change Religion

Hint - its a religion.

At today’s DACA prayer breakfast, Sen. @maziehirono says we need activists “committed to human rights and environmental rights, climate change - believe in climate change as though it’s a religion (it’s not it’s science)." -Tom Elliott

"The challenge I think we have is for some reason climate change has become a religion — a politically induced religion instead of science fact that now we have to embrace and move forward on."

Wherever the people do not believe in something beyond the world, they will worship the world.

-G.K. Chesterton Go To Site

As traditional faith has become watered down and abandoned altogether, a vacuum has been created. Man has attempted to fill this vacuum with drugs, sex, alcohol, material wealth, and many other temporary things, but the closest facsimile to religion is environmentalism.

  It is a cause greater than oneself; it requires cooperation with a kind of brotherhood; its effects will last long after death; and it provides a sense of purpose, which feeds the soul. Best of all, as previously stated, environmentalism also feeds the ego.

-Frank Camp Go To Site