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Keine Agnostiker im Schützengraben des Klimawandels

SYDNEY – Ich hatte neulich auf einem 14.5-Stunden-Flug von Los Angeles nach Sydney Zeit, die Essaysammlung Things that Matter des Kolumnisten Charles Krauthammer zu lesen. Es wurde ein verstörender Flug.

Ich lese Krauthammer schon seit Jahren gern, aber etwas in diesem Buch hat mich immens gestört: die Tatsache, dass er sich selbst einen "Agnostiker" des Klimawandels bezeichnete. Er glaube instinktiv, dass es nicht sehr gut sein könne, zu viel Kohlendioxid in die Atmosphäre zu pumpen, sei aber trotzdem gleichermaßen davon überzeugt, dass diejenigen, die genau zu wissen vorgeben, wohin das führe, in Wahrheit nicht wissen, wovon reden.

Das Wort, das mich am meisten geärgert hat, war „Agnostiker” - nicht nur, weil Krauthammer Wissenschaftler ist, sondern auch, weil der ehemalige australische Premierminister John Howard das Wort wiederholt verwendete, als er Ende 2013 in London zu einer Gruppe sprach, die den Klimawandel leugnete. „Teil des Problems in dieser Debatte,” so wandte er sich an die versammelten Skeptiker, „sind die Übereifrigen, die ihre Sache zur Ersatzreligion gemacht haben.”

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