Sanity Injection

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The Cult of Global Warming

Posted by sanityinjection on September 29, 2008

According to their website,

“The We Campaign is a project of The Alliance for Climate Protection — a nonprofit, nonpartisan effort founded by Nobel laureate and former Vice President Al Gore. The goal of the Alliance is to build a movement that creates the political will to solve the climate crisis — in part through repowering America with 100 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources within 10 years. Our economy, national security, and climate can’t afford to wait.”

The following is the test of an e-mail sent to The We Campaign by yours truly:

If one defines a “religious cult” as an organization that:

1) Follows its leader blindly and without question

2) Holds a system of beliefs that is not supported by scientific fact

3) Expects the world to change to conform with its beliefs

4) Believes that the end of the world is coming

Then you, my friends, are a religious cult.

Have a nice day.

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2 Responses to “The Cult of Global Warming”

  1. tubby said

    Nice rhetoric, yours truly 😉 Your second tenet is a bit of a stretch. Several scientists (even government-employed ones who work at the NOAA and NASA) have shown that they agree with this “system of beliefs”.

    And as for the fifth point, sometimes you have to scare people into action if you feel strongly enough about something! Seriously though, I would hope the kind of person who would gives to “We” is someone who wouldn’t be duped into thinking the sky is falling and needs religious shelter, but I guess you never know. So you view We’s mission statement as propaganda, then don’t join it! I think I spoke to you about my support for the Environment Defense Fund. This is a highly reputed charity that supports green business initiatives. Would you send a similar e-mail to them? I hope not.

  2. sanityinjection said

    Not at all. EDF and We are so far apart on the spectrum it’s almost not even worth mentioning them in the same sentence. The We types are the ones who find EDF’s goals and methods to be too conservative – even though they are arguably one of the most successful environmental groups in history. EDF sets ambitious goals, but not unrealistic ones. For example, in 1986 EDF successfully lobbied McDonald’s to move to biodegradable packaging (remember the styrofoam burger packaging of the old days?), setting a new industry standard which eventually spread through market forces. We’s approach would have been to lobby for a federal law banning styrofoam fast-food packaging across the whole industry and giving companies 90 days to comply.

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