To the shock of many on both sides of the debate, the New York Times recently published a generally respectful feature article on Dr. Richard Lindzen, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who has been among the world’s most prominent “climate skeptics.” But while the article is mostly respectful, it certainly points out that Lindzen is widely hated by the climate alarmists – whether the scientists, the politicians, or the grass-roots environmentalists.
As is so common in the culture of today, one of the chief reasons why many people hate Lindzen is that he wins debates and makes compelling arguments against what is supposedly the prevailing wisdom. His sharp wit is evident: “[T]here are the numerous well-meaning individuals who have allowed propagandists to convince them that in accepting the alarmist view of anthropogenic climate change, they are displaying intelligence and virtue. For them, their psychic welfare is at stake.”
Much of environmentalism may come to be classified as a mental disorder, already having been shown to be a false religion.â€¨â€¨ Most people yearn for order, absolutes, direction and a cause larger than themselves. Those who have rejected the One True, Triune God and the One True Faith, and those who have embraced the primacy of man, are seeking paths to virtue and redemption through other means.
As Nancy Pearcey discussed in “Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity,” their worldview still requires analysis in these categories: Creation, Fall and Redemption. If Creation was not from God, Fall was not through sin and Redemption is not by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, then an alternate creator (even if not articulated as such), a fall into an alternate sin and an alternate redemption through “virtues” defined by the passing fads of the day must be found. â€¨â€¨Political and economic solutions coming from the Warmists will fail just as all theocracies fail: Those who claim to own the truth, and to be its sole arbiters, are also certain that all power naturally must be theirs. These opportunists claim freedom from accountability to others because of their special knowledge, wisdom and virtues, whether the popes of the Middle Ages or Warmists of today. Theocrats, legalists, socialists, communists and “progressives” easily fall into that trap, and invariably institute the Three C’s: Control, Coercion and Confiscation.
Lack of respect for liberty, always present in unaccountable dictators, leads directly to lack of respect for life and property. The natural course of events is for authoritarians to reward themselves with special dispensations, to participate in gross immorality and to use imprisonment, torture and murder as tools of control. â€¨â€¨Lindzen, like Dr. Roy Spencer, and climate skeptics in general are hated because they undermine the ability of a self-anointed group to accumulate power by means of their “intelligence and virtue,” as they attempt to sway millions of the credulous who seek paths to redemption through the false religion of environmentalism and its worldly virtues.
John K. Swayze, Ph.D., is a retired organic/medicinal/agricultural chemist living in Carmel, Ind., and a contributing writer for The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation.