Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Why AGW is the new religion
I've been posting on other forums recently and one topic led to a discussion where I drew comparisons between the modern day religion of global warming/climate change and the pre-reformation Catholic Church.
Both were intolerant of dissent, although AGW heretics haven't been burnt at the stake- yet. They have however been denied funding and patronage in the same way as early scientists who refused to believe the church's official stance that the sun and stars revolved around the earth, which was at the centre of the universe. Any dissent from this official view meant imprisonment.
Wikipedia states that "Galileo's championing of Copernicanism was controversial within his lifetime, when a large majority of philosophers and astronomers still subscribed (at least outwardly) to the geocentric view that the Earth is at the centre of the universe. After 1610, when he began publicly supporting the heliocentric view, which placed the Sun at the centre of the universe, he met with bitter opposition from some philosophers and clerics, and two of the latter eventually denounced him to the Roman Inquisition early in 1615. In February 1616, although he had been cleared of any offence, the Catholic Church nevertheless condemned heliocentrism as "false and contrary to Scripture", and Galileo was warned to abandon his support for it—which he promised to do. When he later defended his views in his most famous work, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, published in 1632, he was tried by the Inquisition, found "vehemently suspect of heresy," forced to recant, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest."
Nowadays the only way one can get science funding is if you accept global warming as a fact. Being a sceptic means no career.
So the first similarity between AGW and pre-reformation Christianity is to do with partonage and heresy.
The second similarity is to do with money.
Indulgences were a pardon for certain types of sin that was sold by the Catholic Church in the late medieval period. The sale of indulgences motivated Martin Luther to post the "95 Theses, which led to the Reformation.
These days they're called carbon credits. Carbon transactions is a booming market, worth $126 billion last year alone. The eureferendum.blogspot site says this "The larger part of the market actually comprises the EU's mandatory Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) – and other very much smaller allowance schemes - accounting for 73 percent of trading volume in 2008.
This mechanism was formally created in 1997 by the Kyoto climate treaty and started operating in a very small way in 1998 building to 78 million "credits" (or Certified Emission Reductions, CERs, as they are formally known) to 333 million this year with a projection of 1.7 billion by the end of 2012."
Both the Christian faith and Climate Science started out as honest institutions that were gradually infiltrated and corrupted by the power hungry and greedy.
The Christian church underwent a painful and bloody reformation that resulted in many dead saints.
Science has been devalued and dragged through the mud by the corruption. Nothing less than a revolution will clean it up and put it back on track.