Global Warning: How Gaia Replaced God
A review of frequent PJM contributor David Solway's new book, Global Warning, Trials of an Unsettled Science.
September 18, 2012 - 12:01 am
Environmentalism has been transmogrified from a wholesome movement to make the earth a healthier and cleaner habitat for human beings into an antihumanist, eco-worshipping cult, where man’s footprint anywhere at all is perceived as inherently toxic.
Indeed, some influential environmentalists actively promote the atrophy of humanity so that the earth can return to a pristine natural state. David Graber, a National Park Service biologist writes, “Until such time as Homo Sapiens should decide to rejoin nature, some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along.” David Foreman, leader of Earth First!, says that “it may well take our extinction to set things straight.” Paul Watson, Greenpeace’s co-founder and head of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, calls human beings “the AIDS of the Earth.” Where is the outrage at such moral inversion? Not in the mainstream media, that’s for sure.
Consecrated to their dual messianic vision of global “social justice” and eco-atavism, the high priests of environmentalism whip up hysteria about man-made global warming as a strategic weapon to chill apostate discourse. Their obsession, unchecked by responsible journalism, emboldens them.
In Solway’s environmental Rogues’ Gallery, you meet heavyweights like Canadian fruit fly specialist and enviro-guru David Suzuki arguing that politicians who fail to act on environmental issues should be thrown into jail, and British lawyer Polly Higgins petitioning the United Nations to declare “ecocide” a punishable crime and prosecute “climate deniers.” You have Steve Zwick of Forbes magazine recently writing: “We know who the active denialists are….Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay. Let’s let their houses burn…”.
These and many more. But the George Orwell award goes to the UK utility Npower, which initiated a promotional campaign in which children can apply for a “free climate cops challenge diary” to record their parents’ “climate crimes.”
Such alarming manifestations of political pathology throw a harsh light on the “Climatocracy’s” totalitarian mindset toward “carbon chastity.” They have not, thankfully, gone unchallenged by reasonable minds, and Solway proffers some heartening examples of brusque rational pushback. Czech president Vaclav Klaus warns: “As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom… in ambitious environmentalism…”; and in his book Liberal Fascism, Jonah Goldberg says that “environmentalism gives license to the sort of moral bullying and intrusion that, were it couched in terms of traditional morality, liberals would immediately denounce as fascist.”
Solway is lucky to have found a conservative Canadian publisher. (Full disclosure: Solway’s publisher, Freedom Press [Canada], has published one of my books and will soon publish another). Unequivocal challengers of enviro-correctness are often considered conspiracy theorists or worse in Canada, where Big Government and Big Solutions are not only tolerated, but the norm, and where Solway’s Swiftian brand of saevo indignatio would be a turnoff to mainstream publishers targeting a wide swathe of “polite” Canadians.
Too much is at stake here to mince words. What is needed, if disinterested science is to prevail, is less politeness and more forthrightness. The jury is in on this gem of a book, readable in a sitting. It’s good, and worthy of wide distribution.