Environmentalism Becomes a Cult (2)
I’ll begin by sharing a definition of a cult.
great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work
In environmentalism we find its adherents demonstrating “great devotion” to an “idea” (climate change, previously global warming) an “object” (earth) a “movement” (the political project to save the world) and a “work” (the supposedly scientific project to prove that destructive global warming, or climate change, or something really really scary) is occurring.
The First Step to Cult-hood
As long as this movement acknowledged the fact that their hypothesis was falsifiable, they could maintain that their project was scientific. The first major step away from this position occurred when they began to maintain that “the science was settled.” The unavoidable fact is that science is never completely “settled.”
In 1633, when the Catholic Church convicted Galileo of heresy, it was “settled science” that the earth was at the center of the universe. Of course, eventually the empirical data proved that this was not the case, so the position taken by science changed accordingly.
In the early 1900’s the Newtonian theory of physics had reigned supreme for centuries. This was “settled science” if ever there was. However, it was overthrown by the revolutionary theories of Albert Einstein (i.e., general and special relativity).
And yet, the adherents of environmentalism maintain that a relatively young branch of science, using computer models as its main source of information, has delivered unassailable laws of nature! By so doing they reveal that they are actually operating as a cult.
Retreat to a Non-Falsifiable Hypothesis
But full cult-hood was not reached until, in 2009, the priests of environmental “science” changed their movement’s name from “global warming” to “climate change.” By so doing they officially abandoned the pretense that they were investigating a falsifiable hypothesis to embrace a theological, non-falsifiable belief.
The benefit is that virtually anything can be blamed on “climate change.” Is it colder than normal, it’s “climate change!” Is it warmer than normal, it’s “climate change!” Are we experiencing a drought, it’s “climate change!” Is it raining more than average, it’s “climate change!” Are there more or less hurricanes, it’s “climate change!” And on and on.
But it gets even more pathetic. One of the Power Line site’s favorite pass-times is documenting all the insane non-climate things that are blamed on “climate change.” For example, ebola outbreaks, ISIS and Islamic terrorism, rising and falling water levels in the Great Lakes among many (and equally absurd) others.
My personal favorite is the climate scientists who had to abandon their expensive, long planned expedition to study Arctic ice thinning (due to global warming) by ice thickening…and blamed the fiasco on, you guessed it, “climate change!”
As a practicing Christian I am not against religion. However, I am against a religious cult masquerading as a scientific endeavor.
That is what has happened to environmentalism. And, there are real-world consequences to the foisting of this hysteria onto the general public. A significant portion of people now live in a state of unresolvable guilt for simply existing. They fret over every thimble of gas consumed, every plastic bottle or straw used. They think that the world is ending within decades, so are deeply depressed. They doubt that they should have children. And, they flee to the politicians who claim to be their saviors but who are actually charlatans who fleece their wealth, freedoms and self-respect.
But this is not the end point. For, in recent days it has become apparent that environmentalism is transitioning from a mere cult into a death cult.