On Sunday morning April 15 it snowed in the Kansas-Missouri area just as it had on the afternoons of April 8 and Easter Sunday April 1, more proof, if any were needed, of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW).
The UK Met Office conveniently describes the AGW “hypothesis” as follows: “It is now clear that man-made greenhouse gases are causing climate change.”
When the phrase AGW was coined, it was implicit in the very word “warming” that man-made greenhouse gases were causing, well, just that, “warming.” In perhaps the greatest branding switch of our time, someone–or someones–decided that “climate change” was a safer descriptive for the phenomenon than “global warming.”
If nothing else, the switch allows climate alarmists to enjoy a frigid April 15 without fear of ridicule. Indeed, the colder and snowier it is, the smugger they grow in the assurance that the AGW hypothesis under which they labor is the right one.
The fact that these snow days have all fallen on Sunday works well for many an alarmist. In a famous speech at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club, doctor and author Michael Crichton explained that in their need to believe in something that gave meaning to life, “the best people” had adopted environmentalism, which he called “a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.”
Crichton went on to explain how environmentalism mimics Christianity. It starts with the “initial Eden, a Paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature.” Man then overreaches, he plucks the technological fruit from the tree of knowledge, and this leads to pollution.
“There is a judgment day coming for us all,” said Crichton. “We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability.”
Not above a little humor, Crichton described communion in the church of environmentalism as pesticide-free organic food that is consumed by the elect, “the right people with the right beliefs.”
Crichton had no argument with the Judeo-Christian tradition. Its adherents acknowledged many of their beliefs to be issues of faith. They did not pretend otherwise. Environmentalists had no such humility. They clung to their core beliefs as gospel even when confronted with new evidence.
“Facts aren’t necessary,” jibed Crichton. “It’s about whether you are going to be a sinner, or saved. Whether you are going to be one of the people on the side of salvation, or on the side of doom. Whether you are going to be one of us, or one of them.”
Crichton then walked his audience through the many doomsday scenarios scientists had imagined just in his memory–the population bomb, the DDT “Slient Spring,” second-hand smoke, nuclear winter, and global warming among others.
Crichton died in 2008. He did not live long enough to see global warming become climate change. He would have been impressed.