October 18, 2006 9:37AM

The Global Warming Cult

Debra Saunders of the San Francisco Chronicle penned a spot‐​on essay the other day regarding the manner in which the warming crowd has donned the trappings of a religious cult. The true faith has even managed to claim a large number of scientists who one might think would resist the rather unscientific nature of this particular belief system. Her opening paragraph sets the tone:

GLOBAL WARMING is a religion, not science. That’s why acolytes in the media attack global‐​warming critics, not with scientific arguments, but for their apostasy. Then they laud global‐​warming believers, not for reducing greenhouse gases, but simply for believing global warming is a coming catastrophe caused by man. The important thing is to have faith in those who warn: The End Is Near.

Unfortunately, the media is largely blind to the increasing weirdness of the debate and seems to have signed on as PR operatives for the New Church of the Earth Redeemed.

This is a theme I’ve hammered on before in these pages, but Saunders does a better job than I have highlighting the rather unscientific demeanor of our self‐​proclaimed guardians of scientific truth. Worth reading.