Tuesday, November 3rd 2009, 4:44 PM EST
Dear Archbishop Nichols
Last Friday the airwaves hummed to the news that you, together with your counterparts from other “faith communities” in the country, had collectively lobbied Ed Miliband MP in connection with the forthcoming conference in Copenhagen dedicated to so-called climate change. The BBC for one reported that you had declared it to be “a moral issue”. I agree. So much so, in fact, that I venture to proffer the suggestion that the ethical underpinning of the cause to which you have now committed the weight of your office warrants the closest possible scrutiny.
But where to begin? Well, as the beauteous and benign white Witch of the North said to Dorothy, “It’s usually best to start at the beginning”. Good advice! So then, what are we being asked to believe by the proselytisers of anthropogenic global warming, curiously morphed to “climate change”- any idea why? No? Just ask and I’ll deliver chapter and verse from none other than the august Tyndall Centre no less (en passant, Working Paper No. 58). But, anyway, in the sort of transcendental terminology favoured by you and others of a theocratic persuasion, we are being asked to accept that, within the atmosphere, a trace carbon compound, but one which happens also to have been ordained by God to be the fundamental building block of life itself, nevertheless contains within it the seeds of Armageddon.
And that by virtue only of what is no more than a minute increase in its overall concentration - how about glaciations (please note not runaway greenhouse effects) in the geological record, during which CO2 concentrations were more than ten times those of today? Does that pass the probability test, shall we call it? Hardly! Or - in the alternative, is the very notion no better than just stark lunacy? Sane persons might well be inclined to think so. Or, in a third alternative, is it just a vast farrago of lies driven by avarice, the lust for power, the lure of fiscal opportunism and the seduction of imposing social control down to the minutest level of detail? Yes, indeed, THAT overall is a moral issue of some magnitude!
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