Climate Religion

From Tim Blair:

Evidently enjoying his time in opposition and wishing to extend it, Labor’s Chris Bowen revives the carbon tax:

  • We continue to believe firstly that climate change is real.
  • Secondly, that it’s caused by humankind and thirdly, the best way of dealing with it is a price on carbon.
  • We continue to believe that, and that will be reflected in our detailed policy that we announce and seek a mandate to implement. 

Really, Chris? A mandate for the carbon tax? That’ll be a first. Of course, this is less about saving the planet than it is about saving inner-city Labor seats from metastasising Greens. Look for Labor in coming elections to form an alliance with the Arts Party. Whatever; here’s some timely news for Bowen on the sainted occasion of his carbon quest renewal:

Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated data contradict one of the most frequently asserted global warming claims – that global warming is causing the polar ice caps to recede.

Anyone who believes is religious, because you only believe when you don’t know.

IPCC forecasts are nothing other than prophesies, albeit expressed in the language of scientese. The IPCC is essentially a church.

It is very significant that the social democrats are supporting the climate religion for their political system is also a religion, essentially Judaism stripped of Jehova and replaced by the State.

Judaean dietary laws seem little different to the modern day dietary prescriptions of the nanny state.

Regulation of our daily activities is not all that different to Judaism either.

So it looks like humanity could be divided into two categories, those who act according to what is prescribed by authority, whether secular or religious, and those who don’t and think for themselves.

Those who act on authority are the religious. Those who don’t are being scientific in the sense they are basing their actions on experience and evidence.

Finally, never argue with a religious individual for their minds can never be changed despite the evidence, for that is the scientific method since experience tells us, that their minds never change.

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.
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