When I read the venom that spews from the mouths of some green members of the community and observe their slavish adherence to the views of their leaders and Messianic belief in their own righteousness I am reminded of a cult. The uncivilised behaviour they exhibit has all the hallmarks of people who will stop at nothing to further their own delusions.
This very 'green' brand of cult behaviour has been exposed in an article in the Spectator by former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson. His major point is that green zealots spout a very wicked philosophy because it disadvantages the poorest people on Earth.
A wicked orthodoxy
There is something odd about the global warming debate — or the climate change debate, as we are now expected to call it, since global warming has for the time being come to a halt.
He goes on to pose the very pertinent question
How is it that much of the western world has succumbed to the self-harming collective madness that is climate change orthodoxy? It is difficult to escape the conclusion that climate change orthodoxy has in effect become a substitute religion, attended by all the intolerant zealotry that has so often marred religion in the past, and in some places still does so today.
Throughout the western world, the two creeds that used to vie for popular support, Christianity and the atheistic belief system of Communism, are each clearly in decline. Yet people still feel the need both for the comfort and for the transcendent values that religion can provide. It is the quasi-religion of green alarmism and global salvationism, of which the climate change dogma is the prime example, which has filled the vacuum, with reasoned questioning of its mantras regarded as little short of sacrilege.
And then goes on to explain why we should be taking note of the behaviour of these zealots.
Why does this matter? It matters, and matters a great deal, on two quite separate grounds. The first is that it has gone a long way towards ushering in a new age of unreason. It is a cruel irony that, while it was science which, more than anything else, was able by its great achievements, to establish the age of reason, it is all too many climate scientists and their hangers-on who have become the high priests of a new age of unreason.
Global warming orthodoxy is not merely irrational. It is wicked.