Global warming is the new dogma

And the IPCC reports are the new ecumenical councils

When I heard this on NPR, I could hardly believe my ears.

After five days of debate and an all-night, down-to-the-wire battle, scientists and government officials from around the world agreed Friday to a new report outlining the effects of global warming on the planet.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations scientific group, released its findings Friday in Brussels, Belgium. Although haggling over the fine print diluted some of the original language, the final report is stark in its depiction of what's in store for the planet: flooding, droughts, extinctions of plants and animals, and high costs for everyone.

This is the fourth report from the U.N. climate panel in 17 years, and it has proved to be one of the hardest-hitting ones. The first chapter came out in February after tough negotiations. It said that scientists are more than 90 percent sure that humans are warming the planet.

Think about that, the science was "debated" right up to the deadline for the last IPCC report.

What caught my attention was the similarity to the old ecumenical councils of the early Christian church.

Both set dogma that no one was allowed to question.

Both set up an overreaching political authority that answered to no one but itself.

And questioning the IPCC reports is just as much heresy as questioning those early church councils.

I can't be the only one to notice the obvious similarity.

Note - Originally this was going to appear on April 8th. However to keep peace in the family, I delayed it a couple of days.

— NeoWayland

Posted: Tue - April 10, 2007 at 10:48 AM  Tag

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