I suppose I can understand the fixation that deniers have with religion, given the world view they hold. It goes some way to explaining their inability to distinguish scientific research from witchcraft and sorcery. Those who've had the benefit of any education in science, not so much.
Marc Morano - burning witches
Today Raw Story reported how Marc Morano, a professional disinformer, explained to a rapt audience of science deniers, how policies designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions are like blood sacrifices to the gods. He is reported as saying:
Aztec priests encouraged people to sacrifice blood to the gods to end severe drought...Today we are told we need a fundamental transformation of our lives in order to end bad weather, ... We are told we need EPA regulations and UN treaties in order to spare us from more hurricanes and floods and droughts and all this bad weather.
Marc is probably right to speak in the language of witch-burners to an audience that still lives in the middle ages. An audience that is happy to use all the gadgets and gizmos brought to them by modern science without understanding the magic that makes those gizmos and gadgets work. It appeals to their lynch mob mentality. "Burn them at the stake" is something extreme right wingers would lap up.
WUWT and its "Church of Environmentalism"
At the anti-science blog WUWT today, Anthony Watts is promoting a book by someone who worked as an economist with the EPA (archived here). This person rose to infamy for protesting environmental regulations back in 2009. He's not a climate scientist. He's not a scientist in any related discipline. He's an economist. A science denying economist. His name is Alan Carlin and he's written yet another science-denying book for the right wing wreckers of the environment to spend their hard-earned money on. Anthony published the promo for his book under the title of "Leaving the Church of Environmentalism".
Probably about the only correct thing in that book is a part of a sentence that is reported as being in the introduction, where Alan Carlin wrote:
Although I and the many other climate skeptics are now referred to as ‘deniers’ by the climate alarmists, that does not change the science...He's right in that part. Whatever rubbish deniers come up with, it won't change the science.
Carlin writes about how he swung from pillar to post looking for a "cause". In his youth he was a member of the Sierra Club. In his old age he's a member of the fake sceptic society. You find people like this from time to time. They have a strong need to belong to some movement or other. There was another chap who did the same thing. His name escapes me - he sells Golden Rice and climate science denial these days. An odd mixture, but I suppose it helps settle his mind.
By the way, the person who wrote the blurb for Alan Carlin's book is Alan Caruba. who has been featured at HotWhopper before - here and here. He's associated with the denier lobby group, the Heartland Institute.
Anthony Watts, the ice-age comether
Anthony Watts has turned into an ice-age comether today. (Yesterday he was a ozone chemistry denier. The day before that he was a denier that he was a denier.) The cartoon that he posted above his Church of Environmentalism promo depicted a witch-like figure holding a sign that said "snow is a thing of the past". That witch figure was frozen in a large block of ice, and there were two figures in heavy fur-lined jackets looking on, surrounded by snow.
Deniers pray to their god, the rest of us act on the science
Remember when Rick Perry, the then Governor of Texas, prayed for rain to ease the drought in Texas? He didn't just pray for rain, he designated the Days of Prayer in a gubernatorial proclamation. He's probably now praying for dry. Rick doesn't "believe" science. He puts his faith in his prayers. They weren't answered at the time.
From the WUWT comments: More Prayers
The "thoughts" are selected from the WUWT article on the Church of Environmentalism. Note the religious phrasing - it's all there.
Mike Bromley the Kurd prays for the casting off of the "witch" Gina McCarthy
May 27, 2015 at 4:27 pm
Rein it in….and cast off its chief Pixie, the colossally ignorant Gina McCarthy.
Louis Hunt prays "Amen" to this (seriously, I didn't make it up):
May 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm
“…we must… speak out against environmental extremism. We must elect new people to govern in a more realistic, science-based fashion. We must urge our current legislators to rein in the rogue Environmental Protection Agency.”
John prays in vain for some "Common Sense" - capitalized:
May 27, 2015 at 4:36 pm
Let Common Sense prevail over the lies.
Menicholas prays to denier Alan Caruba:
May 27, 2015 at 4:59 pm
Saints, and Alan Caruba, be praised.
James at 48 was also floundering about, looking for a group to take him in, such as the Deep Ecology group - capitalized words and all:
May 27, 2015 at 5:17 pm
Back in my reckless youth (early 1980s, underclassman at Uni) I was way more radical than Carlin. I was an Earth First! devotee, all into Deep Ecology and wanting to foment a revolution like the one described in the Ecotopia books. I nonetheless left The Church. The Church of Green is rotten to its core.
The other "thoughts" were mostly along the lines of angelartiste1 - fearful of all the reds under the bed:
May 27, 2015 at 5:23 pm
The goal of these “environmentalists” is not reducing “climate change”. It is replacing capitalism with communism. Since capitalism is the greatest economic system in human history and communism is one of the worst, they are clearly self-destructive and insane.
I think the words "climate science denier" aren't adequate to describe WUWT, its owner or its flock (to keep to the theme). What do you think?