The Disingenuous Mr. Krauthammer

How do you get religious people to oppose environmentalism? Well if you’re Charles Krauthammer (who doesn’t appear to be religious himself) you accuse the environmental movement of being a sort of “church” and go from there. Money quote:

“Environmentalists are Gaia’s priests, instructing us in her proper service and casting out those who refuse to genuflect. And having proclaimed the ultimate commandment — carbon chastity — they are preparing the supporting canonical legislation that will tell you how much you can travel, what kind of light you will read by, and at what temperature you may set your bedroom thermostat.”

What is his proof for this?

“…a British parliamentary committee proposed that every citizen be required to carry a carbon card that must be presented, under penalty of law, when buying gasoline, taking an airplane or using electricity. The card contains your yearly carbon ration to be drawn down with every purchase, every trip, every swipe.”

You can debate this on the merits (and for the record, I don’t really think this is a great idea) but to suggest that some kind of government limit on carbon use is equal to a new religion is stupid. During times of war there have been rations, that does not necessarily mean that the military is the new religion.

Of course I suspect Mr. Krauthammer knows this, but there will be all kinds of people who will skim the article and continue the meme that environmentalists are trying to start a new earth religion or something.