WSJ: The Great Global Warming Fizzle: The climate religion fades in spasms of anger and twitches of boredom.
First Stephens makes a case that climate science is actually a religion. The flavor is a mix of weak tea and Kool Aid.
Consider the case of global warming, another system of doomsaying prophecy and faith in things unseen.
As with religion, it is presided over by a caste of spectacularly unattractive people pretending to an obscure form of knowledge that promises to make the seas retreat and the winds abate. As with religion, it comes with an elaborate list of virtues, vices and indulgences. As with religion, its claims are often non-falsifiable, hence the convenience of the term "climate change" when thermometers don't oblige the expected trend lines. As with religion, it is harsh toward skeptics, heretics and other "deniers." And as with religion, it is susceptible to the earthly temptations of money, power, politics, arrogance and deceit.
Then he makes a case that climate change stopped being a priority because of the financial crisis.
Yet a funny thing happened on the way to the climate apocalypse. Namely, the financial apocalypse.
The U.S., Russia, Japan, Canada and the EU have all but confirmed they won't be signing on to a new Kyoto. The Chinese and Indians won't make a move unless the West does. The notion that rich (or formerly rich) countries are going to ship $100 billion every year to the Micronesias of the world is risible, especially after they've spent it all on Greece.I'm not sure how that undermines climate science or makes it a religion. What we decide to do or not do politically to address climate change is a whole other question than is the science itself legitimate. Go ahead and hate Kyoto all you want, I do. But when you attack the science in order to oppose Kyoto or any other policy you just come off looking like one more loudmouth dumbass.
Then he dives right into the denier playbook by citing the dreaded climategate emails. His Uncle Paul must have sent him some e-mails to bring him up to speed on the mother of all non-troversies..
That's where the Climategate emails come in.Climategate is nothing but trumped up nonsense that climate deniers use to try to discredit all the data and science that point to the warming trend. But the truth does not depend on anyone's opinion of it. Whatever it was scientist X e-mailed to scientist Y does not change the fact that every day 7 billion people use energy and create more waste heat and carbon dioxide. The oceans are warming, the air is warming, and the permafrost in the Arctic is melting. We are on a slippery slope already. Climategate does not change that.
Then this final bit of wisdom from Stephens..
On Sunday, 2,232 days will have elapsed since a category 3 hurricane made landfall in the U.S., the longest period in more than a century that the U.S. has been spared a devastating storm.As if the only proof that climate change is genuine is the quantity of category 3 hurricanes that make landfall in the USA. I am not sure if he is actually that stupid or if he thinks his readers are. Here is a site that explains how climate change will and is affecting weather patterns in the world. NRDC: The Consequences of Global Warming
Stephens is a shining example of the willful ignorance of the modern GOP and right wing. They oppose the political solutions for how to address human impact on the environment not by providing alternative solutions or ideas, but rather by attacking the science and scientists. The whole article is one long ad hominen attack. Stephens never provides a shred of evidence to support his claims, he just tries to discredit the other side.
Good thing for him his target audience is even dumber than he is.