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Opening Arguments

The true religion

The religion of climate change explained:

The sky is always falling. If the new ice age doesn’t do us in, the ozone hole will. The instant DDT is banned, aerosols must follow. Global warming is replaced by climate change is replaced by “global weirding.”

And what is the solution to these often-contradictory scenarios? We anachronists who retain a bias toward the hard sciences would employ very different measures to prevent a freezing ocean and a boiling one. To an engineer, soldier or plumber, this is obvious.

But how do leaders of the environmental left address these opposing doomsdays? By raising taxes, increasing government, impeding capitalism and reducing national sovereignty. Coincidentally, the same policies they would promote if their supposed environmental catastrophe was utter fiction. It is little wonder that voters are suspicious.

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Every time a real-world solution is provided to a promised calamity, leftist leaders move the goalposts. To be sure, many well-meaning parishioners have bought the con and piously observe the demanding rituals of earth worship. But the high priests still jet around the globe, chasing checks from energy tycoons to build monstrous mansions along doomed coastlines.

That’s because the Left doesn’t really believe in climate change. Their true religion is raising taxes, increasing government, impeding capitalism and reducing national sovereignty. Climate change is just a temporary excuse to achieve those ends.

And a side benefit is the self-esteem than comes from sneering codescendingly at all the poor, ignorant heretics who just don't get it. I remember when we first moved to Fort Wayne, our family tried a Baptist church on the south side, and I remember walking by a bunch of kids about my age -- in the 12-14-year-old range -- who were talking about unbelievers. I heard one of them say, "Yes, I feel sorry for the atheists, too. Don't they know they're not getting into Heaven?" Guess I'm not getting into environmental Heaven, where the Earth is healed because we've all become the good people that higher taxes and more authoritarianism can make us.

what's that old saying -- if all you have is a hammer, all problems look like nails? If the hammer keeps getting bigger, there will always be more and more nails.