Is Environmentalism A Religion?
Truly, Environmentalism is not organized as an official religion with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status; it’s not a religion in the sense that Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, or Hinduism are religions. But from an anthropological or sociological perspective, it absolutely functions as a “religion-style” belief system. Contrary to what most Greens would say, Environmentalism is not really based on science, but on something much deeper than that. It’s more of an emotional commitment to some deeply held, unshakeable beliefs. (from here)
The author of the above then goes on to list the parallels between Environmentalism and religious belief.
Is Environmentalism a religious belief? Well, we can make an idol out of anything, and people have been idolizing the earth for a long time.
How Serious Are Global Warming Alarmists About Protecting Their Idol?
How serious are global warming alarmists about protecting their idol? Google “global warming”. Add the term denier and we get posts like the following.
- Scientific consensus: Earth’s climate is warming (nasa.gov): Here NASA lists all the big name organizations that support the “scientific consensus”.
- Climate-Change Activists Are the Real Science Deniers (nationalreview.com): An editorial denying the consensus.
- A Scientist Just Spent 2 Hours Debating the Biggest Global Warming Deniers in Congress (motherjones.com): An angry expression of disgust.
- Global Warming Disinformation Database (desmogblog.com): This is opposition research database.
- How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic: Responses to the most common skeptical arguments on global warming (grist.org): One could wish Christian churches were this methodical and detailed when they present the argument for Jesus Christ.
However, a religion involves more than just preaching to the unconverted. A religion has a doctrine that requires something of us. The chart below does not even begin to explain the complications that arise from a belief in global warming, but it is a start.
Why Don’t The Solutions For Global Warming Work?
What is the big problem for the global warming alarmists? Well, we can find that in another lists of articles. What is comes down to is that their religion requires “us” to give up the benefits of fossil fuels, but the alarmists do not know how to make that happen. The alarmists are stuck on proving global warming exists. They have given very little thought as to the most practical way to limit their so-called carbon footprint.
- How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic: Responses to the most common skeptical arguments on global warming (grist.org): It is all about persuading the stubborn skeptic the sky is falling.
- The Plan to Save the World (newrepublic.com): This is about getting a bunch of politicians together so that they can commit to saving the world. What kind of nut jobs expect politicians to keep their promises?
- 10 Solutions for Climate Change (scientificamerican.com), Solutions to Global Warming (climatehotmap.org), Ten Personal Solutions to Global Warming (ucsusa.org), and How You Can Stop Global Warming nrdc.org): These are the standard feel good crap.
- Solutions (climate.nasa.gov): Here have a government website that lists some (not all) of the innumerable ways our government want to spend our money to fix climate change.
- Global Warming Solutions (nationalgeographic.com): Features a video with Bill Nye, the Science Guy
- The Climate-Change Solution No One Will Talk About (theatlantic.com): Climate change is why the government needs to be in your bedroom.
- How Nuclear Power Can Stop Global Warming (scientificamerican.com): Some of the greenies are more afraid of climate change.
What all these articles lack is a simple, coherent, morally justifiable plan for getting people to stop using fossil fuels. Thus, the global warming crisis, saving the environment, just becomes another excuse for abusing power.
What do fearful politicians do? They do what fearful people tend to do, whatever they feel they can get away with. What western politicians want to get away with is spending more of other people’s money on their priorities, and global warming provides a great excuse.
The Problem With A Religion
Let’s think about the real problem with a religion. The majority of religious beliefs (all but one) require us to do something for salvation. Environmentalism is no exception, and like most religions it can become very legalistic. Hence, we see bunches and bunches of politicians, lobbyists, and activists stepping forward to become rule-making and enforcing Pharisees. Many of them, of course, happily make rules for others; they are just too important to give up their high-flying, private jets.
What the Pharisees proved is that it is more important to love God and our neighbors than it to obey stupid, arcane rules. What the environmentalists are proving is that until we learn to love our neighbors we cannot save the planet.
Will increasing the amount of carbon dioxide increase the temperature of our planet? There is no justification for panic, but it is probably not a risk we ought to take. Unfortunately, what environmental activists have done to fix the problem amounts to crony capitalism (which eventually leads to socialism). Because their busybody solutions are so inept, they are just abusing people’s rights and wasting trillions of dollars. They are making things worst.
If the solution were just to slowly replace the income tax with a tax on the consumption of fossil fuels, most people would probably support it. Since we have a limited supply of fossil fuels, it makes sense to discourage the use of what is ultimately a finite resource. But a government power grab won’t do any good, and it isn’t doing any good. Look at any authoritarian nation. Where tyrants rule, the environment is a mess.
If we don’t want people to burn fossil fuels, then all we have to do is tax the consumption of fossil fuels, and people will start looking for alternatives. It is not any more complicated than that. All the government has to do is the only thing it is good at, taxing us.