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Monday, April 24, 2006

The Church Of Global Warming (Liturgy Subject To Change)

Mark Steyn writes about the flip-flopping (its too hot, its too cold, its to wet, its too dry, its too windy, where's the wind?) crisis-mongers who are on the verge of suicide to save the planet. Yes - you heard me right: "Save the Earth! Committ Suicide!"
Oh, and here's my favorite -- Dr. Sue Blackmore looking on the bright side in Britain's Guardian:

"In all probability billions of people are going to die in the next few decades. Our poor, abused planet cannot take much more. . . . If we decide to put the planet first, then we ourselves are the pathogen. So we should let as many people die as possible, so that other species may live, and accept the destruction of civilization and of everything we have achieved.

"Finally, we might decide that civilization itself is worth preserving. In that case we have to work out what to save and which people would be needed in a drastically reduced population -- weighing the value of scientists and musicians against that of politicians, for example."

Hmm. On the one hand, Dr. Sue Blackmore and the bloke from Coldplay. On the other, Dick Cheney. I think we can all agree which people would be "needed" -- Al Gore, the guy from the New Yorker, perhaps Scarlett Johansson in a fur-trimmed bikini paddling a dugout canoe through a waterlogged Manhattan foraging for floating curly endives from once-fashionable eateries.
I'll take my chances with Cheney over the Coldplay dude - at least Cheney can hunt. Steyn goes on to remind us of the last big climatological brouhaha - which I remember from my elementary school Weekly Reader days - Global Cooling...
Here's an inconvenient truth for "An Inconvenient Truth": Remember what they used to call "climate change"? "Global warming." And what did they call it before that? "Global cooling." That was the big worry in the '70s: the forthcoming ice age. Back then, Lowell Ponte had a huge best seller called The Cooling: Has the new ice age already begun? Can we survive?

The answer to the first question was: Yes, it had begun. From 1940 to 1970, there was very slight global cooling. That's why the doom-mongers decided the big bucks were in the new-ice-age blockbusters.

And yet, amazingly, we've survived. Why? Because in 1970 the planet stopped its very slight global cooling and began to undergo very slight global warming. So in the '80s, the doom-mongers cast off their thermal underwear, climbed into the leopardskin thongs, slathered themselves in sun cream and wired their publishers to change all references to "cooling" to "warming" for the paperback edition. That's why, if you notice, the global-warming crowd begin their scare statistics with "since 1970," an unlikely Year Zero which would not otherwise merit the significance the eco-crowd invest in it.
Just remember folks, the world has been "ending" since the day it was created. Now, I'm not saying we shouldn't do what we can to protect the environment. We all love Mother Nature, but lets learn take everything Chicken Little says with a grain of salt, before we rush off screaming that the sky is falling (or the thermometer is falling, or rising...whatever.)


Willwng 4/24/2006 05:44:00 PM  

You know what happened, don't you?

The threat from global cooling was so substantial, they rushed out to warm the globe with new government programs and mandates.

But they overshot the mark, so now we gotta make like the refrigerator. Maybe this time our calculations will be better?

Jack Malebranche 4/25/2006 12:38:00 AM  

Wow...that church totally reminds me of this one:


Here's to the folks from COGW joining the COE.


USMale 4/25/2006 10:58:00 AM  

The parallels between so much of the ecofeminist left and traditional (evil, male, Christian, etc.) religion is striking on many fronts. Here we seem to have two related themes: atonement by self sacrifice and the Imminent End of All Things. One of the insights I value from Carl Jung is that beneath our cultural and historical changes lies a layer of pretty common human instincts. You can dump the Bible and Jesus, but after 2000 years of having your consciousness shaped by the worldview (and that worldview congruent with deep layers of the psyche), it ain't so easy to really leave it behind and move on. Now, instead of having Jesus offer his life in sacrifice to a God who has been offended by human sin and the subsequent destruction of the world to separate the good from the bad, we have Activists and People of Conscience threatening to offer their lives in sacrifice to Mother Earth, who has been abused by human (male, capitalist, etc) greed and rapacity, with the subsequent destruction of Everyone! Big improvement, no? :-)

LogCabinRepub 4/25/2006 11:25:00 PM  

"lets learn take everything Chicken Little says with a grain of salt, before we rush off screaming that the sky is falling". Do you have Al Gore's email address? You so need to send that to him! Through his movie "An Inconvenient Truth", he is just trying to scare the American public and gain publicity. Hmmmm...I wonder if it's to gain momentum for the 2008 election?

Kevin 4/26/2006 08:38:00 AM  

The Algore isn't dumb enough to run against Hillary. She'd kick his ass. Hell, I'd vote Hil over Al. At least she has a backbone.

LogCabinRepub 4/26/2006 11:23:00 PM  

She may have a backbone, but she isn't behind a sensational Hollywood movie that wrongfully scares the bejesus out of the American public. Doomsdayers haven't been right yet and I don't think that's going to change.

specialfred 4/27/2006 01:48:00 AM  

I don't think Al will run, either. He wants to be seen as "serious" and as a possible candidate, but he knows (or his handlers know) that if he actually ran he would get creamed. And that would officially make him mister irrelevant and cut into his appearance fee.

No, his ideal position is being seen as a martyr for the cause, the guy who got robbed, the guy who, but for the illegal shenanigans of the evil Republicans (especially Rove, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft) would be King and all would be right in the world, including no global warming. The snows of Kilimanjaro would return, the polar bears would have ice to walk on, and no hurricane would ever threaten us ever again.

tipster 4/27/2006 06:45:00 AM  

My kid came home from kindergarden the other day talking about global warming and how there were going to be no more polar bears because people were killing them. What?! If this campaign weren't based on fear and fear alone, I might give it a little more credence. Well that, and if they occasionally got their facts right.

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