Finally worked it out, then, have we?
Here are some ACM articles from years past on the subject:
- From 2012: Maurice Newman on the climate religion
- From 2011: Cardinal criticises religious climate zealots
- From 2009: Headline of the Day
Even the CSIRO boss is surprised at the vehemence of the disciples of the Church of Alarmism.
The ABC reports, through gritted teeth, no doubt:
The CSIRO’s chief has told the ABC the backlash from his decision to restructure the organisation has made him feel like an “early climate scientist in the ’70s fighting against the oil lobby” and that there is so much emotion in the debate it almost “sounds more like religion than science”.
“I’ve been told by some extreme elements that they’ve put me at the top of the climate deniers list and what perplexes me is how saying that we’re going to shift more resources to mitigation – i.e. doing something to address climate change versus just measuring and modelling it – I don’t see how that makes me a climate denier. (source)
Oh the ironing! It hurts! It doesn’t matter how hard you argue, pal, or how sensible your reasoning. Once you have been branded a heretic by the faith, that’s it – you’re done.
Most ‘realists’ (like me) accept the basic premise of AGW, but question the magnitude. Even so, to the high priests of the religion, we are heretics that must be burned at the stake. Or perhaps beheaded, since that is the current punishment du jour…
Welcome to the club.