Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The devil's distraction

ThinkProgress highlight's Jerry Falwell's declaration that global warming is a trick by Satan to distract the faithful.

Personally, I've never understood the hostility of fundamentalists towards climate science, other than that it comes as a package with their whole-hearted embrace of the Republican party. I was more interested in another statement of Falwell's:
Falwell told his Baptist congregation in Lynchburg yesterday that "the jury is still out" on whether humans are causing -- or could stop -- global warming.
This is the typical global warming denialist tactic: There is no global warming, you can't prove we're causing global warming, we don't know enough to start addressing the problem and it's too late for us to stop it now anyway.

Fareed Zakaria's recent article fell into this trap, playing right into the nonsense talking point: It's getting hotter, we can't stop it, just get used to it. Our first course of action needs to be to stop stoking the fire.

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