Climate Denial as Religious Faith
The persistence of religious instincts is confirmed for some by attendance at Christmas services but for me by the stubborn survival of climate change denial.
Put it this way, the carbon in the atmosphere is on the way to doubling since the start of the industrial era. Short space of time that, a mere 200 to 300 years. But a big change in the chemical composition of the thin filigree of air that surrounds the planet.
In 2005 carbon in the atmosphere was measured as being 380 parts per million. It is now headed for 400 or more in the next few years. On track to be 560 by the end of the century, double what it was before the industrial revolution.
And the deniers say this cannot – repeat, cannot – have any effect on the climate of the planet.
The bulk of climatologists say it will and present the evidence. The deniers are firm that it cannot, as a matter of faith.
Build even more coal-fired power plants, don’t discourage carbon use and rip out Amazonia and the other tropical rainforests. A grand experiment, “mankind’s craziest” according to The Economist but, no risks, just forge ahead is the deniers’ logic.
The view that we can afford business as usual is a religious tenet
and only explicable as such.