Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia, weighs in on globale warming hysteria:
What we were seeing from the doomsayers was an induced dose of mild hysteria—semi-religious if you like, but dangerously close to superstition.
I’m deeply sceptical about man-made catastrophic global warming, but still open to further evidence.
I would be surprised if industrial pollution and carbon emissions had no ill-effects at all.
But enough is enough.
A few fixed points may provide light on the subject.
We know that enormous climate changes have occurred in world history—for example, the ice ages and Noah’s flood, when human causation could only have been negligible.
Nor should it be too surprising to learn that during the past 100 years, the media has alternated between promoting fear of anew ice age and fear of global warming.
What’s interesting is that this isn’t really a religious statement. Aside from noting the religious fervor of certain proponents and a reference to Noah’s flood, there isn’t any religious content at all. In other words, the cardinal is expressing his opinion on current events like the rest of us. Still, I find myself in agreement with him.