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The New Religion

August 1, 2008
Al Gore thinks the end is coming...

Al Gore thinks the end is coming...

 

It’s widely accepted as the incontrovertible truth. It’s seen as a suitable punishment for all the excesses of our decadent lifestyles. Disagree with it and you will be vilified. Fail to believe in it and you’ll be the first to burn in the unrelenting heat. Doomsayers wander the Earth preaching our imminent destruction. The only solution is to live a frugal life, constantly feeling guilty for any wasteful activity.

 

What am I talking about?

 

Global warming, of course.

 

The hysteria around Global Warming does bare some striking similarities to religion, doesn’t it? Not the least of which is the general feeling that when most people believe something, it must be true.

 

Well, no. During the Black Death both the religious elite and most of the common people thought that cats were responsible (cats were regarded as agents of witchcraft and the Devil). They promptly killed all the cats, which were actually the only thing killing the rats that were carrying all the plague infected fleas. With no cats the disease spread even faster. Fail.

 

The cat-culling policy - failure?

The cat-culling policy - failure?

 

In the 1970s there was a mass-hysteria around the idea that the world was entering another ice-age, since global temperatures were dropping. It turned out to be nothing more than a blip.

 

The Earth is old. Thirty years, fifty years, one hundred years – these lengths of time are meaningless on a geological timescale. All of human “pollution” has been going for around 300 years. That’s nothing.

 

The Earth is also very big. Two-thirds of it is water. A lot of the rest is desert, mountains, thick jungle and other uninhabitable areas. Cities, on the other hand, are very small.

 

We just don’t affect the planet that much. We’re not that important. Even if we are having an impact, the world isn’t going to become uninhabitable for an extremely long time.

 

The government likes pollution scare-mongering for the same reason it likes terrorism. Suddenly it’s acceptable to smack a massive tax on air travel or petrol and say that the “polluter must pay”!

 

At least we’re not being burnt at the stake, I guess.

 

It’s time to stop preaching doom and gloom and develop cleaner energy sources and improve technology like Hydrogen Fuel Cells (currently being developed by various companies including Ilika Technologies Ltd and Ceres Power) because we’re obviously not going to go back into the trees and live in a perfect carbon neutral world.

 

And don’t believe things just because everyone else does.

 

Whos to blame?

Who's to blame?

 

 


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