The false re­li­gion of global warm­ing

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Joseph Farah

Hys­te­ria: a psy­chi­atric con­di­tion var­i­ously char­ac­ter­ized by emo­tional ex­citabil­ity, ex­ces­sive anx­i­ety, sen­sory and mo­tor dis­tur­bances, or the un­con­scious sim­u­la­tion of or­ganic disor­ders, such as blind­ness, deaf­ness, etc.

That’s how my dic­tionary de­fines hys­te­ria. It’s a good def­i­ni­tion — es­pe­cially in­so­far as the way I use the word to char­ac­ter­ize the patho­log­i­cal ob­ses­sion with the thor­oughly un­sci­en­tific the­ory that the world is fac­ing doom and gloom from man­made, cat­a­strophic global warm­ing.

For many of the pur­vey­ors of this psy­chosis, there is lit­tle rea­son to of­fer up facts to counter their delu­sions. There can be no de­bate on this mat­ter, they con­tend. The hour is too late. Any­one who coun­ters their zealotry has sus­pect mo­tives and is prob­a­bly on the pay­roll of the oil in­dus­try.

Iron­i­cally, of course, the politi­cian most closely as­so­ci­ated with global warm­ing hys­te­ria is Al Gore, whose fam­ily for­tune was built on Oc­ci­den­tal Pe­tro­leum stock. Now he is at­tempt­ing to ex­pand his for­tune through the sale of car­bon cred­its.

But the real mea­sure of how thor­oughly global warm­ing hys­te­ria has per­vaded the po­lit­i­cal cul­ture of Amer­ica is the fact that Pres­i­dent Bush has em­braced it.

There is al­most nowhere clear-think­ing Amer­i­cans can turn po­lit­i­cally now to ex­press their skep­ti­cism about global warm­ing hys­te­ria. Barack Obama is an apos­tle of the cult. Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton is an ad­her­ent. John McCain is an evan­ge­list.

Now Mr. Bush says he wants Congress to pass a bill com­bat­ing global warm­ing. That is tragic be­cause there is noth­ing about this re­li­gion that is true:

Global warm­ing is not a re­sult of man’s ac­tiv­ity.

It can­not be stopped by ac­tions of gov­ern­ment or busi­ness.

It is not bad for man and Earth; it’s good.

It is part of a cycli­cal and nat­u­ral trend of cool­ing and warm­ing, not a one-way street.

The slight warm­ing we’ve wit­nessed in the past 20 years is not un­usual.

Global warm­ing is not caused by car­bon diox­ide lev­els — nat­u­ral or man­made.

For those rea­sons and more, the def­i­ni­tion of hys­te­ria ap­plies to the be­liev­ers. They are get­ting them­selves worked up emo­tion­ally about noth­ing. They have ex­ces­sive anx­i­ety about noth­ing. Their abil­ity to un­der­stand and ac­cept truth on the sub­ject is dis­rupted by sen­sory and mo­tor dis­tur­bances. They are, in ef­fect, ren­dered blind and deaf to any and all facts, data and in­for­ma­tion that might lib­er­ate them from their men­tal dis­or­der.

Send your chil­dren to school and they will be in­doc­tri­nated into this faith. Send your young adults to col­lege and they will be­come mis­sion­ar­ies for the faith. Read your news­pa­per or watch the net­work news and you will be a tar­get for con­ver­sion or dis­ci­ple­ship. Go to the movies or watch television en­ter­tain­ment shows and you will get old-fash­ioned, fire-and-brim­stone, apoc- alyp­tic preach­ing. Turn to ma­jor-party pres­i­den­tial pol­i­tics and you will have only the choice of sup­port­ing forced global warm­ing tithing on a mas­sive scale. Crit­i­cize the high priests on their procla­ma­tions and you face os­tracism, ridicule and ex­com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the new pan­the­ism.

But just so you don’t get the wrong idea, global warm­ing is not re­ally about atone­ment for mankind’s sins against Mother Earth. Oh, no — not by a long shot.

In fact, this false re­li­gion was founded upon the basest ma­te­ri­al­is­tic mo­ti­va­tions. It’s not about sav­ing the planet. It’s not about God or spir­i­tual mat­ters. It’s not even about do­ing good.

In­stead, it’s about money and power. It’s just the latest and most so­phis­ti­cated ef­fort by elit­ists to em­power them­selves at the ex­pense of the peo­ple and the rule of law by re­dis­tribut­ing wealth as they see fit.

Joseph Farah is a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated colum­nist.

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