Whatever you believe about global warming—whether you think it’s a threat to all life on earth or you think that it’s overblown hysteria by folks who’d rather live in the stone age—there’s no denying that for some portion of the Global Warming Crowd (GWC), it has become a religion. In fact, there was Katie Couric on her blog calling Al Gore a “secular saint” because of his Oscar for his global warming documentary. (Couric’s worried that such an enthusiastic embrace of Gore will cause most of America to look at it as a liberal issue; sorry to tell you, Katie, but they already do.)
But the religious aspect of the GWC goes beyond Katie’s musings. Ed Morrissey at Captain’s Quarters, in fact, outlines it in a familiar form: the GWC is like those who abused pre-Trent Church’s teachings, leading to the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation. He starts off by noting a story out of Tennessee that says that Gore’s mansion in that state uses more than 20 times the amount of electricity per month than the national average per household. The GWC might call that a kind of “environmental sin” against the climate. But don’t you worry, they say, because they have “indulgences” for sale in the form of carbon offsets.
Salving your conscience with offsets