The topic of global warming whenever discussed makes me think of something I will get to shortly.
odd the manmade warming proponents would approach the topic almost exactly after the fashion a door to door bible thumper would operate down here.
"well even if you're an athiest, wouldn't it be better to come to my church ($), just in case you are wrong?" with:
"well even if you're a
n athiest 'denier', wouldn't it be better to come to my church 'accept the mandates'($), just in case you are wrong?"
I'm not going into the basic science that makes this suspicious to me.
Anyway, the mention of "religion" kind of reminded me of some people between 600 and 300 BC, who had some very interesting thoughts.
Democritus, Anaxamander, and Anaxagoras - are the top of that list - remember we're talking at and over 23 centuries ago. Democritus thought very deeply on the properties of matter - so deeply that he figured 'there must be something so so tiny that still holds the properties of the element that it is - he even called it an Atom (well over 23 centuries ago). Anaximander - was having a hard think one day and considered that nature adapts and changes - even theorizing that man's ancestors slithered out of the muck an impossibly long time ago - this was 240 decades before Charlie Darwin. Anaxagoras by some reasoning decided that the Earth was a ball of some kind and it circled around the sun, and that maybe the moon circled around the Earth.
These guys were convicted of "Impiety" (before christianity) and their theories were suppressed and obscured. Meanwhile Pythagoras was thinking about geometry and his thinktank decided that the doedecahedron was much too dangerous for the general public to run around knowing (this is how some academics perceive themselves, as being smart enough to contain thoughts that would [melt the brains of normal people?]) Pythagoras also got cozy with the ruling bodies and produced decent enough work to be accepted as a darn good authority (Pythagorean work was a "peer review" type society, pythagoras was one man - the pythagoreans were kind of a gemoetry club with way too much pull) - If im not mistaken, the impious heretics who thought up evolution, planetary movement, and the most rudimentary atomic theory were convicted of their heresy in sight of the pythagorean group. (taken from Carl Seagan's "Cosmos" - with other knowledge from courses)
My point in that long history babble is that when politicians ally with religions (Earth "worship"/reverence) - very ugly things begin to happen, Objectivity begins to fall by the wayside, and anyone who disagrees with the popular opinion is branded 'impious' albeit today only sentenced to watch everyone else fail to be objective (often a pretty sound punishment).
Approaching science with a religious/psuedo-religious flavor has already set us back well over 2000 years; Approaching Global Warming in the same fashion, by dismissing opposing evidence as being something allied with nefarious forces - impious - could damage us further, as it has to our production, manufacturing, and probably competitive innovation.
Of course I'm not saying "burn everything, kill the great lakes again" but I am saying, Are you for real?