Christopher Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the author of Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud, and Deception to Keep You Misinformed, said that some people's belief in man-made global warming goes back to the same "long-proved human instinct" to assign blame that led to witch trials throughout history.
"Previously, when the crops failed, leading to famine, babies died...you'd blame the witch next door, throw her on the fire," Horner said on The Glenn Beck Program. "Now, it's when these catastrophes occur."
The author told Stu Burguiere, who was filling in for Glenn Beck, that it is "tiresome" when such individuals "do this ritual in response to every blizzard or heat wave," and "disgusting or sick" when man-made global warming is consistently blamed for natural catastrophes.
But Horner argued that there are different reasons people feel so strongly about the issue, and that for some, it simply comes down to "desperation."
"Obviously when the spaceship that they either promised or were promised continues to not show up, or the comet continues to not come by, doomsday remains elusive, they're grabbing anything that floats by," he said.
But for others, Horner said that man-made global warming "affirms (their) worldview" that "modernity, whatever it is, wealth is horrible."
The two also discussed the back-story behind the often-repeated line that "the science is settled," and Horner said that in some cases, those climate change "experts" have included "hotel administrators, experts in ancient Chinese healing techniques, (and) gynecologists."
The bottom line, the author argued, is if those who believe that man-made global warming had a real argument, "they'd make it, and...they'd stick with it."
"They wouldn't bounce between drought, rain, hot, cold, snow, no snow, warming, weather, climate, jobs, the French will like us (to prove their point)," Horner remarked. "They'd make their case."
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