I was chatting with a friend on google, who hung up on me when I noted that Al Gore was like Sarah Palin. Both of them express natural sentiments — that global warming is bad, that most of American social life happens outside the social worlds of New York, DC, and Los Angeles. Both were close to the Presidency — though Gore was much closer than Palin. Both have an emotional fan base.
And both, if they ever became President, would be constraint by party and governmental politics. They would not be as good as their fans hope, or as bad as their enemies fear.
Global warming religion is that form of public faith that is common among those too cool for Christianity but too human to have faith in nothing. Only superficially related to animsm, Global warming religion is closer to a search-and-replace on Protestant Christianity, focusing on
- Sins – CO2 emitting activities
- Tribulation – climate change, as a result of Sins
- Salvation of Man – to occur after the Tribulation
- Personal Salvation – to be done through turning the heart from Sins, even if Sins do not cease
The fetishism around Al Gore ads a messianic tone to the movement, as is the case for many cults.
Soob takes a pot shot at the Prophet by noting how Irene Sendler did more, but the real shame is that if the Nobel Peace Prize committee wanted to do name a former Clinton administration official, they couldn’t have done better than: Bill Clinton.
NAFTA and the WTO were two of the three most important trade organizations formed in the 1990s, and both were created under Bill Clinton.
But Al’s cool too. Who else will help me save myself while the costs of sins lead us to the tribulation? Oh, to hurry the day for the salvation of man!