Religion allows people to explain what they do not understand or fear. In this way, global warming can be compared to a religion. The national secretary of the United Firefighters Union, Peter Marshall was speaking at the “say yes” carbon tax rallies last week and blamed the Black Saturday fires and Queensland floods on political inaction.
“(These events) were not by accident. There were fires because something is happening with the environment…The decision-makers did not listen to the scientists. While that debate was going on, lives were being lost and houses destroyed.”
Even the IPCC acknowledges that the floods were due to a La Nina event, nothing to do with global warming. If the fires and the 45 degree days asscoiated with them can be blamed on global warming, then I can say the recent cold weather and mild summer is evidence that humans are not causing global warming. Weather is not climate.
When Peter Marshall decided to link these events to climate change at these rallies, he did not consult scientific evidence. They would have disuaded him otherwise. This is the tendancy of people to link any natural (key word there) disaster to global warming, encouraged by raging alarmists. Like religion, it allows them to explain things they don’t understand or fear and by purporting to know the cause, they believe they can control it, and potentially spare their own doom.
We don’t really understand the climate system all that well, and if an ice age were to rear its head, we would be at its mercy. The idea that we can influence the climate can provide people with comfort.
It also allows people to make a scapegoat. Marshall blamed the “decision-makers”, politicians. Revenge is unfortunately a human instict, and assigning blame to a scapegoat for unfortunate circumstances, provides a reason to seek justice, rather than accepting nature’s role.