Quote of the Day

When I try explaining “global warming” to people in Iran or Turkey they have no idea what I’m talking about. Their life is about getting through to the next day, finding their next meal. Eco-guilt is a first-world luxury. It’s the new religion for urban populations which have lost their faith in Christianity. The IPCC report is their Bible. Al Gore and Lord Stern are their prophets.

Ian Plimer, author of Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, the Missing Science .

See also, Climate change: The sun and the oceans do not lie.

Hat tip: Michael Barone

7 thoughts on “Quote of the Day”

  1. Climate change is just the latest stalking horse being ridden by those who have never accepted the concept of ordinary people being allowed to live their lives as they see fit.

    It’s always better when the “right people” can run things the way they should be, instead of letting the peasants think they can just do anything they want, right?

  2. Thanks for the quote. I’ve been trying to understand why Joshua Green’s ridiculous fact-deficient Atlantic article on the Green Economy was bothering me so much.
    He’s not arguing his point from an economic basis, he’s arguing from a moral basis. Left unsaid, of course, is what that moral code is.
    I’m fascinated by this and Paul “Treason-Against-the-Planet” Krugman’s style of thinking. They argue from a set of shared morals, but have skipped over the proselytizing and directly to the hectoring. Is the group-think really that strong, that there’s no obvious need to convert the flock before telling them of their sins?

  3. I went to Prof Pilmer’s book signing in Sydney in May. A great fellow and typically friendly, unaffected Aussie. His son is getting married soon in Toronto so he will be incorporating a book tour of the US into that trip.

  4. I couldn’t agree more with the original quote.

    It seems to me that many “green” behaviors are a form of piety, their relative merits not being judged by how effective or efficient they are in solving a given problem, but rather by how visible they are and how much they cost. Moving closer to work is an unglamorous practicality, while driving an expensive hybrid is a Holy Sacrifice.

  5. The cap’n trade law is clearly unconstitutional because it violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”).
    Someone should ask Sotomayor about this today.

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