Climate-change religion

President Barack Obama, in his inauguration speech Jan. 21, confirmed long-expressed suppositions that global warming has become too intertwined with religion. For years, the rhetoric of global-warming politics has differentiated angelic "believers" from devilish "deniers." Arguments for the immediate imposition of remedies have rested on faith: in warnings from climate models known for predictive lapses, in a supernatural consensus of scientists, in the ability of human beings to manipulate nature. Now responding to climate change becomes a divine directive. "We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our child...

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