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Нет места агностикам в климатической нише

СИДНЕЙ – На недавнем 14,5-часовом рейсе из Лос-Анджелеса в Сидней, у меня было время, чтобы прочитать сборник эссе колумниста Чарльза Краутхаммера, Things that Matter. Это сделало тревожным мой полет.

Я получал удовольствие от работ Краутхаммера на протяжении многих лет, но было что-то в его книге, что меня глубоко встревожило: его описание себя как “агностика” в отношении изменения климата. Он “инстинктивно верит, что нет ничего хорошего в накачивании атмосферы углекислым газом,”, и все же он “так же убежден, что те, кто полагают, что точно знают куда это приведет, несут чушь.”

Слово, которое я нашел самым возмутительным, было “агностик” - не только потому, что Краутхаммер является опытным ученым, но и потому, что это слово неоднократно использовалось бывшим Премьер-Министром Австралии Джоном Говардом, когда он обращался к группе отрицателей изменения климата в Лондоне в конце 2013 года. “Часть проблемы в этой дискуссии”, сказал Говард собравшимся скептикам, “состоит в том, что некоторым из привлеченных фанатиков их дело заменило религию”.

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