MINOT, N.D. — “Today in reading the news I realized you could replace the words ‘climate change’ with ‘God’s wrath,’” a friend said in an email this week. “It’s kind of a fun exercise.”
It is fun, though the merriment is tempered by just how obnoxious the politics around the “climate change” debate have become.
While there are plenty of people doing serious and sober work in the climate sciences — stuff worth paying attention to — the way climate change has come to be depicted in political and entertainment circles (a redundancy, I know) has migrated into the territory of eschatology. An end-of-the-world doctrine shouted from the pulpits of power, not at all unlike the prophecies of rapture purported by Christian evangelicals.
Those tones of doom have permeated our culture to the point where even our entertainment is dominated by books, television and movies portraying the future of our society as a dystopia usually affected, to one degree or another, by climate change.
I was thinking of all this during a recent interview with Meridian Energy CEO Bill Prentice for my podcast.