Global Warming as Faith
In the article, Global Warming as Faith, Rogers argues that global warming is more of wacky faith than a scientific theory. He states that believers’ ideologies are based on imaginations and emotions rather than empirical evidence. According to him, the believers have become aggressive towards people who are opposed to their faith. They consider non-believers as crackpots and criminals who should be arrested and charged in court.
Rodgers argues that believers have the support of the government and other institutions such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and United States Global Research Program. He argues that these institutions organize international conferences where they sell their ideologies to the delegates. With their huge budgets, the author states that these institutions have the capacity to publish dense and turgid journal articles, magazines and books that are full of outrageous propaganda and dubious science. He also notes that these institutions are headed by renowned environmental extremists who have influential support from the government.
Furthermore, the author argues that educated professors and scientists in leaning institutions have also become followers of this faith. By giving an example of Texas A & M University Atmospheric Science department, the author argues that students coming out of these institutions are misled by intellectual imaginations of their professors who have been blinded by this faith. However, the author states that some scientists are being forced to become believers of the faith. He argues that scientists opposed to science have been considered as infidels, pagans and dissenters. By giving examples of websites such as Central Climate, Real Climate, DeSmogBlog, Skeptical Science and The daily Climate, the author argues that many opposing scientists have been criticized by global warming believers in these sites. The author also argues that because of the strong support believers have from the government, many opposing scientists are afraid to express their contradictory opinions.