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The Cult of Global Warming
For years, the concept of Global Warming was just a scientific theory based on anecdotal evidence, climate models, extrapolations and worst-case scenarios. Today, it has bloomed into a full-fledged political movement where contradictions are labeled heresy and dissenters ridiculed as non-believers and fools.
Jim Jones would be proud.
Cults have several classic characteristics. More and more, the political wing of the "Global Warming Movement" looks less like scientific guesswork and more like a cult.
A cult tends to be totalitarian in its control of its members' behavior. Cults are likely to dictate in great detail not only what members believe, but also what members wear and eat, when and where members work, sleep, and bathe, and how members think, speak and conduct relationships.
Global Warming demands that you think "green," accept theories as gospel truth and only support others who adhere to the same beliefs.
A cult tends to have an ethical double standard. Members are urged to be obedient to the cult and carefully follow cult rules. They are also encouraged to be revealing and open in the group, confessing all to the leaders. On the other hand, outside the group they are encouraged to act unethically, manipulating outsiders or nonmembers, and either deceiving them or simply revealing very little about themselves or the group.
Global Warming demands that you behave according to specific sets of rules and purchase certain food, cars and other products. Meanwhile, most of the advocates do not adhere to the same rules.
A cult has only two basic purposes: recruiting new members and fund-raising. They may claim to make social contributions, but in actuality such claims are superficial and only serve as gestures or fronts for recruiting and fund-raising. A cult's real goal is to increase the prestige and often the wealth of the leader.
Billions of dollars have been raised in donations, charity events and government grants for Global Warming. This year's Academy Awards were engulfed in Global Warming fever -- a high-profile move that grabbed the attention of millions of people and built the prestige of the movement. The worldwide "Live Earth" concerts will further add to the coffers and visibility, despite the enormous "harmful" emissions generated by the air travel, electricity use and other energy demands associated with the massive event.
A cult appears to be innovative and exclusive. The leader claims to be breaking with tradition, offering something novel and instituting the ONLY viable system for change that will solve life's problems or the world's ills. But these claims are empty and only used to recruit members who are then surreptitiously subjected to mind control to inhibit their ability to examine the actual validity of the claims of the leader and the cult.
Renewable energy certificates, or RECs, perpetuate a false impression of conservation, while lining the pockets of the movement's leaders. Businessweek documented cases of Vail Resorts and the city of Seattle as they perpetuated an entagled web of half-truths, misdirections and obfuscations to lay claim to phony conservation efforts. "Carbon offsets," Al Gore's justification for his massive personal energy use, has been touted as a brilliant innovation, yet exposed to be a ridiculous scam.
A cult is authoritarian in its power structure. The leader is regarded as the supreme authority. He or she may delegate certain power to a few subordinates for the purpose of seeing that members adhere to the leader's wishes. There is no appeal outside his or her system to a greater system of justice.
Al Gore appears to be the mouthpiece for now, but the authority comes from higher up in the overall movement. His power to sway the followers serves the overall system which, in the hardcore corners of Global Warming, supercedes all other governments, corporations and people.
A cult's leader is a self-appointed messianic person claiming to have a special mission in life.
Al Gore "remade" himself over and over until morphing into the messenger of Mother Earth. Everyone must bow down to the Goddess of Green, thus saith the prophet.
A cult's leader tends to be determined, domineering, and charismatic. Such a leader effectively persuades followers to abandon or alter their families, friends, and careers to follow the cult. The leader then takes control over followers' possessions, money, time, and lives.
From The Oprah Winfrey Show: "Al Gore has changed the way millions view global warming, including one of Hollywood's hottest stars...Leonardo DiCaprio. Leo says Gore first introduced him to this environmental issue eight years ago. '[Al Gore] is an amazing environmental leader,' Leo says. 'He's a great genius of our time.'
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