May 21, 2008

Doomsdayers

From here:
This [apocalyptic global warming] is the second doomsday scenario of recent decades, the first being the Club of Rome's prediction in 1972 that the world would soon run out of natural resources. Both are "scientific," but their structure is the same as that of the Biblical story of the flood: human wickedness (in today's case, unbridled materialism) triggers the disastrous sequence, which it may already be too late to avert. Like Biblical prophecy, scientific doomsday stories seem impervious to refutation, and are constantly repackaged to feed the hunger for catastrophe.

1 comment:

  1. 'we should be looking to China and India for answers about how to address environmental damage, instead of using climate change as a pretext to deprive them of what we already have.'
    Great.

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