The Corner

Waking Up to Eco-Alarmism


George Will’s article is great. Over in the UK, two other articles by influential commentators this weekend said similar things. First, Charles Moore in The Daily Telegraph:

If I am right, the politics of climate change are bad. They attract the self-righteous and the self-flagellating, the controlling, the life-denying, the people who don’t like people, the people who, like Private Fraser in Dad’s Army, think we’re “all DOOMED”. And when I listen to many of the scientists who join in the argument, I often hear in what they say not the voice of science itself, but of the bad politics, thinly disguised by a white coat.

(That’s an important point about the scientists, by the way). Next, Matthew Parris in The Times:

Guilt, resentment and apocalypse. Prophets have since the dawn of history recognised the power they can unleash by linking these three. Elijah told of earthquake, wind and fire; Jeremiah of disasters unnumbered. Ignatius Loyola, Luther, Calvin, the Wesleys, Moses, Mohammad . . . and countless other seers, ayatollahs and divines, have called upon us to bail out of whatever version of Sodom and Gomorrah it has pleased them to paint, before those cities burn. The prophets of climate change are their inheritors, reclothing new belief in the metaphor of the old, reconnecting it to those ancient drives. So there you have it. The Friends of the Earth are Elijah’s latest recruits. Eco-apocalypticism is the new religion.

Meanwhile, we see Tony Blair personally blocking environmentalist-inspired plans to cut emissions. If there’s one thing Tony is good at, it is recognizing and opposing zealotry.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

The Joys of Heterogeneity

The temporary shutdown of parts of the federal government is a good argument for the permanent shutdown of parts of the federal government. When one of his colleagues voiced frustration with the slow pace of conservative reform in the 1990s, Newt Gingrich replied, “Rome wasn’t burned in a day.” That’s ... Read More

Referenda Delenda Est

"In my country the people can do as they like, although it often happens that they don't like what they have done."      -- Winston Churchill, 1946 London During the Second World War, as U.S. power was eclipsing Britain's, Harold Macmillan, a future prime minister, reportedly said, "These Americans ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Elite Convergence

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Even those otherwise occupied by their doorbell love), Like Jeffrey Epstein when the new Sears Junior Miss catalogue comes out, I ... Read More