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Galileo, Climate Change and an Embattled Religion

Far more interesting to me than the debate over man-made climate change is the way followers of this apocalyptic vision desperately cling to it in the face of scandals like Climategate and the actual climate data itself (the trusted data, not the stuff that is cooked and processed for political purposes and to attract funding).

Some of the climate faithful become absolutely apoplectic-white knuckle-frothing at the mouth in the face of criticism from the unbelieving. You’d think someone was defending their mother’s honor.

This week Jon Stewart of the Daily Show used the F-word in barking that Fox Anchor Stuart Varney’s “opinion (that Climate Change is baloney) is not as valid as scientific fact!”

It’s weird.

Yes, CO2 does become trapped in the atmosphere and does hold in heat, although carbon dioxide is dwarfed in volume by the largest greenhouse gas, water vapor. (Never fear, scientists have devised a reason why modern man is responsible for more water vapor in the atmosphere, too--Seeing a pattern here?)

And, yes, the Earth has warmed in the past 100 years. Some scientists think the climate is still recovering from Little Ice Age in the 1600s to 1800s. And current temperatures today are not nearly as warm as they were in what is called the Medieval Warm Period (from 950 to 1250 A.D.), a time when no one drove a Hummer or ate at McDonalds, but the Earth was still very hot.

But the profound spiritual crisis for those who desperately need the climate change narrative to be true is the cold fact that the Earth stopped warming between 15 and 17 years ago. That means the climate change model that is the holy scripture for so much planned, global social engineering--environmentalism's global evangelization project--is fatally flawed.

The climate change establishment has countered that 15 to 17 years is not time enough for climate to disprove a climate model. And one finds that, ultimately, nothing can disprove climate change for the believing, which then takes it from the realm of science to religious dogma.

Has climate change become a religion for some? Of course. In Paris, French philosopher Pascal Bruckner told me it has all the marks of "a pagan religion." Bruckner has written The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse (Le fanatisme de l'Apocalypse).

Although Bruckner supports environmentalism, he likens the climate change alarmism to a religious cult.

"Because it uses all the elements of traditional religion, especially the theme of the apocalypse," he said. "You have this culture of fear: 'You have sinned and now you have to be punished.'"

Climate skeptics are treated as religious heretics in need of a good public shaming or worse.

When French scientist and politician Claude Allegre came out with the book, The Climate Deception (L'imposture Climatique), 400 French scientists signed a petition asking the government to denounce the book.

Academic freedom, anyone? Belgian TV featured a program devoted to "exposing" so-called "climate criminals;" experts like Allegre who don't believe in global warming.

What would the great astronomer Galileo say about all this if he were alive? In 1633 Galileo was convicted of “grave suspicion of heresy” for "following the position of Copernicus (that the Earth revolves around the Sun), which is contrary to the true sense and authority of Holy Scripture.”

Galileo had become a subversive. He was placed under house arrest for the rest of his life. One gets the feeling that some climate change fanatics would love to put skeptics under house arrest, and take away their computers.

Galileo would also have something to say about another phenomenon happening today: the lack of sunspot activity. Beginning in 1611, Galileo began to document the lack of sunspots during what is called the Maunder Minimum. His drawings from that period still survive.

And what came next in weather history? Little Ice Age.

Print     Email to a Friend    posted on Tuesday, January 07, 2014 6:48 PM

Comments on this post

# RE: Galileo, Climate Change and an Embattled Religion

The anthropogenic contributions to global warming are fossil fuels and nuclear power. It is not the CO2 that is the problem. It is the heat released by the consumption of energy, all of which becomes heat. The heat released annually contains four times the amount that can be attributed to the actual measured rise in atmospheric temperature. So what does CO2 actually contribute. The "experts" studying the causes of temperature rise have totally ignored HEAT making their models useless in evaluating climate changes. They do not take into account the amount of heat that is absorbed by the melting of arctic glaciers ( one trillion tons a year). The cause is heat and the answer is to replace fossil and nuclear with renewables that do not add to the heat imbalance, such as solar, wind, hydroelectric, etc. (Nuclear adds twice the total heat as its electrical output). It will take time but at least lets stop believing CCS,carbon capture and storage, has any merit. Stop promoting nuclear.
Left by Philip Haddad on Jan 08, 2014 10:58 PM

# RE: Galileo, Climate Change and an Embattled Religion

Thanks. I found this and the other article really interesting. I agree that this issue has become a real hot point and politicized.
Left by Betty on Jan 09, 2014 8:23 PM

# RE: Galileo, Climate Change and an Embattled Religion

Regardless of whether you are pro or anti CC I wonder what devastating climatic event it will take for us to start to adapt to the changing weather?
Left by HolyCanadian on Jan 12, 2014 2:21 PM

# RE: Galileo, Climate Change and an Embattled Religion

If not climate change, then what is your explanation for weather coming later, earlier, more or less severe when it does come?
Left by HolyCanadian on Jan 14, 2014 3:06 PM

# RE: Galileo, Climate Change and an Embattled Religion

I really appreciate this article! The voice of reason in the media is too seldom heard. If your views do not conform to the "agenda," you are yelled at, called names, and generally marginalized as "not with it." It reminds one of junior high school. You either go along or you are labeled uncool and your social standing is diminished. That is the danger of telling the truth. Jesus said, "Have I become your enemy because I have told you the truth?" My wife and I have said for quite a while that it takes more faith to believe in evolution or "climate change" than it does to believe the Bible.The "faith" of the world is definitely built on the sand of wild and unfounded theory.
Left by CarbonUnderPressure on Jan 14, 2014 5:35 PM

# RE: Galileo, Climate Change and an Embattled Religion

No comments posted yet?, maybe you are afraid or unwilling to post dissentinh views?
Left by HolyCanadian on Jan 31, 2014 3:51 PM

# RE: Galileo, Climate Change and an Embattled Religion

Ask the residents of the Southeastern states of the USA if they believe in global warming.
They are bracing for some mean weather right now.
Ask the residents of Michigan what they think of global warming, as they fear approaching a street corner in their cars. (They can't see around the corners because the snow is piled so high along their streets. They is no other place to put the snow.)
Ask the parents of school-aged children in the same region, who have all stayed home five days in a row because of the snow.
Ask residents of South Jersey, across the river from Philadelphia, if they believe in global warming. In 1972, they got no snow at all. The winter of 2013-2014 has gifted them with snow storm after snow storm. Each gift was about 4 to 6 inches deep.
Ask the people of Pennsylvania how they feel about global warming. Many are still without heat, because they are still without electricity. They would appreciate some warming sent their way.
Ask New Englanders ifthey believe
Left by ken on Feb 12, 2014 4:57 AM

# RE: Galileo, Climate Change and an Embattled Religion

So climate change is a Pagan religion.
Left by Dutch CRC on Feb 13, 2014 6:13 AM