Editorial: A secular religion

Activism inspired by alarm over climate change has long been described by detractors as a secular religion. The political movement has asserted a system of belief, expressed an apocalyptic vision, parried scientific questions, converted the indifferent, and condemned nonbelievers. And it has been very successful. International ratification of the sacrificial and futile Kyoto Treaty attests to its persuasion.The high priest of climate activism, former US Vice-President Al Gore, embodies the analogy. “This is really not a political issue,” he said recently at a meeting in Oakland, Calif. “It is disguised as a political issue. It is a moral issue. It is an ethical issue.&rd...

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