Sammy Wilson agrees with the Pope – on global warming
What a breath of fresh air he is among the world’s environment ministers, who all appear to have subscribed to the global gospel of the Ministry of Truth.
Mr Wilson does not doubt that we are experiencing climate change, but is simply of the view that such change has been a cyclical feature throughout the history of planet Earth. He therefore refuses to spend billions of pounds of tax-payers’ hard-earned money on reducing emissions, expanding regulation, strangling businesses and restricting economic freedom in the vain attempt to stop a climate change which cannot be stopped: “Resources should be used to adapt to the consequences of climate change, rather than King Canute-style vainly trying to stop it,” he said.
And he is quite right: no amount of money is ever going to control solar activity, no matter how well-meaning the religious fervour which underpins the theory, or how sincere the fanatical zealots who propagate it. The notion of man-made global warming is a political agenda to deprive people of their liberty, property, and livelihoods. They shall be taxed in their homes, in their cars, on aeroplanes and on trains. They might even be taxed for breathing.
By daring to confront the political hysteria of tree-hugging lobby (to which, alas, all other UK political parties have succumbed), this brave member of the DUP has hit a note of jarring dissonance within his party, in the Northern Ireland Assembly, in the Province, in the United Kingdom, in Europe, in the world and in the universe.
John Woods of ‘Friends of the Earth’ said Mr Wilson was ‘like a cigarette salesman denying that smoking causes cancer’. And the Green Party said he has conveyed a ‘deeply irresponsible message’. But Mr Wilson observes the tactic used by the ‘green gang’ is to label anyone who dares disagree with their view of climate change as ‘some kind of nutcase who denies scientific fact’. They are intolerant of anyone who dares to question their orthodoxy; they revile all who spurn their dogma.
Global warming is sacred writ: it is a modern secular religion.
Is it only faithful Protestants and orthodox Catholics who can perceive this? Have all the middle-ground, 'Third Way' ecumenists sold out to the global zeitgeist?
Sammy Wilson will find a religio-political soul-mate in Pope Benedict XVI. For he too has dared to challenge the orthodoxy of the political aspects of the global warming movement around the world. While Sammy Wilson calls for ‘reasoned debate’, the Pope has also demanded the application of the scientific method to counter the hysteria surrounding the half-baked theories of pseudo-scientists and ignoramuses like Al Gore. The Pope is proving himself to be the defender of the protestants of postmodernity, confronting head-on the climate change ‘prophets of doom’ with the warning that any solutions to global warming ‘must be based on firm evidence and not on dubious ideology’. Truth is not made by consensus.
There is an inexorable spiritual drive to inculcate the population of the world with the worship of Mother Earth, to indoctrinate with the dogma of Gaia, against which the Pope - alone among office-holders - has made a stand against political correctness, effectively declaring in 2007: 'Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.'
But now he is joined by Sammy Wilson.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!