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Why does Left see Global Warming as Most Important Issue when Threat of Islamofascism Persists?

While reading Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, I thought yet again about the question which serves as the title to this post.

The question first occurred to me last June when I read Maggie Gallagher’s column on Al Gore’s religious obsession with global warming. There, she wrote that, among other things Al Gore’s obsession “transforms the United States, as the world’s most successful economy, into the chief evildoer in the world.”

Transforming the US into the world’s “chief evildoer” at a time when Islamofascism threatens our very civilization. Many on the left seems to dismiss that threat in order to make global warming as the most pressing issue facing the world.

Then, as now, I wondered if Gore (and others on the left) found it easier to blame our own nation rather than see evils in the world as something not engendered by the West or capitalism, but instead by ideologies at odds with our civilization and values.

The very nature of the global warming hysteria does seem a piece with the longstanding liberal criticism of Western society while the Islamofascist threat proves false the notion that the West in general and America in particular is responsible for all the world’s ill.

Perhaps, I’ll flesh this out in a future post, but for now, will put the idea out there and invite y’all to weigh in with your own thoughts.



  1. "Global Warming" is seen as a more prominent threat to the Left since it threatens their expensive beachfront property on Nantucket, the Cape and Matha’s Vineyard, the Gold Coast and at Carmel and Malibu; that’s why…..

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — February 28, 2008 @ 2:15 pm - February 28, 2008

  2. "Why does the Left see Global Warmism as Most Important Issue when…?" – Especially since the whole thing is increasingly being debunked as junk science.

    I think there are several reasons.  They all come down to some variation of short-sighted self-interest, or other general cluelessness.

    1) Religion.  Lefties often (though not always) despise traditional religion.  But the human needs for philosophy and for spirituality are inborn; no one escapes it.  Gaia / Green-ism / Global Warmism is effectively a religion for some lefties.  You can’t question or challenge someone’s religion.

    2) Political self-interest.  Socialism is a debunked, discredited political philosophy.  But some people WANT socialism to be good and true; they are natural freeloaders, or/and, they want "the community" to dominate their lives, or to be their vehicle for dominating others’ lives.  Gaia / Green-ism / Global Warmism is the perfect(-sounding) excuse to revive socialism; the policies (controlling people) are the same, whether you phrase it as one or the other.

    3) Pork and patronage.  Gaia / Green-ism / Global Warmism is the ultimate government pork project.  It has become a worldwide, multi-billion dollar scam… oops, I mean "industry".  It results in endless research grants, new bureaucracies, new job titles for lefty morons who couldn’t produce the price of a packet of tea, etc.

    So: Global Warmism is a religion, a wonderful new excuse for the Left’s failed politics, and a large source of actual money for some very weak, stupid people.  You can’t beat that combination.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — February 28, 2008 @ 2:22 pm - February 28, 2008

  3. (continued) That combination of attractions, I mean.

    Meanwhile, facing or admitting the threat of Islamo-fascism holds only negatives for the far Left, psychologically and economically.  The Islamo-fascist threat is something the far Left just doesn’t want to be true.  Something that gets in the way of their plans (see above).  Something that utterly discredits cherished Left philosophies such as multi-culturalism and moral relativism.  And something that, let’s face it, is horrible for anyone to contemplate.  Something them that, to deal with it effectively, requires people to support the U.S. military, and certain wars.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — February 28, 2008 @ 2:30 pm - February 28, 2008

  4. Simple answer: global warming is the only thing where leftists can still "Blame America First".

    And it’s particularly silly, since these same leftists that scream about the United States were the first to exempt China and India from any sort of restrictions on emissions because they’re "developing countries" — never mind that they produce more than the US ever thought of doing.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — February 28, 2008 @ 2:39 pm - February 28, 2008

  5. I’m for Global Warming.

    Most (but not all) Islamofacists come from desert countries.  Which are already hot.

    More global warming = desert fried terrorists.

    (This is tongue in cheek of course.  But I agree with the point that we have more to be worried about with the Islamic fundie nutcases than we do about possible climate change, which, btw, we can not change.)

    Comment by Mike — February 28, 2008 @ 3:15 pm - February 28, 2008

  6.  I like what Mark Steyn has to say about the absurdity of the Left’s eco-hysteria:    "There are immigration laws on the books right now, aren’t there? Why not try enforcing them? The same people who say that government is a mighty power for good that can extinguish every cigarette butt and detoxify every cheeseburger and even change the very climate of the planet back to some Edenic state so that the water that falleth from heaven will land as ice and snow, and polar bears on distant continents will frolic as they did in days of yore, the very same people say: Building a border fence? Enforcing deportation orders? Can’t be done, old boy. Pie-in-the-sky."     I also heard Steyn on the radio making the same point about Iraq–from day one, the Liberals have called Iraq "unwinnable," "hopelessly lost," a "Vietnam-esque quagmire," and a "humiliating defeat."  To them, victory in Iraq was never anything but a foolish illusion that would never materialize absent a miracle.  Accordingly, (the Libs insist) we need to bring the troops home immediately and fully commit to fighting the REAL WAR, global warming.  Suddenly the Liberals are convinced that we face certain extinction within 5-10 years, but we can avoid our fate AND CHANGE THE CLIMATE OF OUR PLANET if we just ride the bus, use the right lightbulbs, and…..ummmm……oh yeah!  Hand over 40 or 50 percent of our nation’s wealth to communists and head-chopping savages.      The part that really pisses me off is that all of us that see global warming as a scandalous fraud are condemned and labeled "flat Earth" heretics, but ironically, I’m doing more to protect the environment than any of those elitists.  I don’t know about you guys but this morning I did the right thing and decided that I would drive my Honda Civic to work instead of traveling by chopper or an armada of bullet-proof Cadillac Escalades (or a deisel jet-pack,…).  I have to wonder if Al Gore was similarly prudent this morning. Considering that it is well known that Al Gore travels by private jet even if he’s only going from his table to the salad bar, I’m pretty confident that me and my Honda did more for the environment today than Al Gore could do for the remainder of the millenium.     It’s like being on stage in a French farce–pick up an illegal alien and get a marshall to drive him across the border?  Nope, impossible, can’t be done.  Now let’s get busy with reconfiguring the orbital paths of the planets in our solar system! 

    Comment by Sean A — February 28, 2008 @ 5:01 pm - February 28, 2008

  7. It’s all a question of will.

    Now San Francisco is spending taxpayer money to advertise for illegal immigrants to use its services.

    Nancy Pelosi and all Democrat Party members need to be asked point-blank at this point why they are using taxpayer money to advertise for people who are already breaking the law to come take advantages of free services that will be billed to taxpayers who FOLLOW the law.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — February 28, 2008 @ 5:39 pm - February 28, 2008

  8. Lefties don’t believe in God. To them man is the highest being around. So we as humans have the power to make or break this earth. Many on the right believe in some sort of higher power – and figure that if nothing else, the earth itself is much more powerful than we are. So this year alone we are seeing "Twelve-month long drop in temperatures wipes out a century of warming" from world

    On the other hand, we are aware that mankind can inflict horrible things on our fellow humans. But for the last 40 years, the worst ‘sin’ is to be judgmental -especially of people of color. If we continuously criticize ourselves, than we are good people. If we actually go out and fight a war against people who stand it the way of progress – we are evil.

    It is so much easier to fight windmills than to confront evil people.

    Comment by Leah — February 28, 2008 @ 6:14 pm - February 28, 2008

  9. H.L. Mencken wrote "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. "

    Having just started Jonah’s book, I’m just making a guess here but fascism requires a threat to justify a totalitarian response.

    Politicians, both left and right, stand to gain much by over-stating threats and convincing people to cede liberty in the interest of security.

    And the sheeple are more than ready to comply (or, at least, to make others comply).

    Comment by Robert — February 28, 2008 @ 6:32 pm - February 28, 2008

  10. I actually don’t get why so many on the left are all into Global Warming, I personally don’t take it as the biggest problem facing the country. I think that "green collar jobs" would be a good place to invest because clean energy will be something countries want, like China and India.

    I think the other reason is the media, the media puts a lot more interest on it than it does terrorism. Bush Administration and intelligence forces have kept us safe and it goes on the back burner, its rather thankless in the end.

    I don’t think it has any to do with religion, you can be worried about global warming and still be religious. I would concede maybe some do it for that reason but not the majority of people.

    Comment by Darkeyedresolve — February 28, 2008 @ 7:18 pm - February 28, 2008

  11. Maybe now we can add to the gay conservative agenda the "right to be free from global warmists pushing their bankrupt and unscientific theories"?

    Oh wait, after adding in provisions on the right to be free from Area 51 alien influence, the right to eat extra-crusty bread and the right of gays to bare our arms in public… there’s no room left for the anti-global warmist plank(s). 


    Just when this drafting a conservative gay agenda project was starting to sparkle more than a defense contractors’ lobbyist reception in BlackJack Murtha’s Congressional office.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — February 28, 2008 @ 7:38 pm - February 28, 2008

  12. Any chance we can get this dumbass lightbulb thingy overturned?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — February 28, 2008 @ 8:46 pm - February 28, 2008

  13. Any chance we can get this dumbass lightbulb thingy overturned? Comment by ThatGayConservative — February 28, 2008 @ 8:46 pm – February 28, 2008

    Are you kidding? That’s one of the touchstones of the Democrat Party’s legislatitive achievement of the century!

    Comment by Vince P — February 28, 2008 @ 9:17 pm - February 28, 2008

  14. I hate this comments thing.. it does not work well

    Comment by Vince P — February 28, 2008 @ 9:17 pm - February 28, 2008

  15. Well, the 110th can claim that they did two things, neither of which benefits anybody but the unions, trial bar and "big lightbulb".

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — February 29, 2008 @ 12:00 am - February 29, 2008

  16. It’s depressing to think that we have the idiots in Congress that we do.

    There are so many serious things going on here and around the world, and we have immature naive blinded-by-hate Leftists pulling the strings.

    Comment by Vince P — February 29, 2008 @ 12:16 am - February 29, 2008

  17. Ooh , there’s possible good news… the American throat-piece for Al Qaeda.. the leftist hippy from Cali, Adam Gadahn might be dead..
    A source tells The Jawa Report that Adam Gadahn is dead
    ***Sticky: Scroll down for newer posts***Is American al Qaeda member and indicted traitor Adam Gadahn dead? Shortly after a U.S. Predator drone attack killed Abu Laith al-Libi last month rumors began to circulate on Islamic message board that Gadahn had been one of those killed in the raid. Later, a Pakistani newspaper quoted "sources" saying Gadahn was killed. NBC News also claimed that it had a source in Pakistan who was friends with Adam Gadahn and that Gadahn had disappeared after the Predator strike. Gadahn’s friends, said the story, were worried about him.This week a trusted source revealed to me that he was hearing from Pakistan that Gadahn was most likely dead. I asked him if his sources weren’t the same as NBC? No, he replied, he had a different source of information. Then why hasn’t the U.S. confirmed Gadahn’s demise? Too many body parts, he said. Very little left of any one on the ground. Could take some time, or we may never have confirmation.How much do I trust the person who told me this? On a scale of 1-10, he’s an 11. It’s more a question of his sources than anything else. His sources seem to believe Gadahn has gone to meet his 72 virgins.


    Comment by Vince P — February 29, 2008 @ 1:02 am - February 29, 2008

  18. I love the sheer surrealism so often present in MM’s comments, like #11.  It’s like the Special Olympics of commenting!

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — February 29, 2008 @ 2:24 am - February 29, 2008

  19. MM’s writing has been gettign more and more combative lately.

    Comment by Vince P — February 29, 2008 @ 2:33 am - February 29, 2008

  20. But it’s not just that, Vince.  His references not only lack topicality, they’re senseless.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — February 29, 2008 @ 2:37 am - February 29, 2008

  21. Both terrorism and global warming are serious problems facing the world (not just America).

    Comment by Houndentenor — February 29, 2008 @ 1:19 pm - February 29, 2008

  22. #21: Both terrorism and global warming zealots are serious problems facing the world (not just America).
    There.  Fixed it for you.

    Comment by Sean A — February 29, 2008 @ 1:27 pm - February 29, 2008

  23. Global warming alarmists have become my least favorite political subgroup, which is really something considering how many truly vomitous political causes there are these days. There is never any end to their sanctomony. People may find certain members of the religious right sanctimonious, often for good reason, but by and large, the religious right has nothing on global warming alarmists when it comes to sanctimony and hypocrisy. And usually when a member of the religious right gets revealed to be a big hypocrite (e.g., Ted Haggard), he gets kicked out of the movement. Members of the religious right feel such pressure to ostracize any member who conspicuously fails to measure up to the values they profess. But when Al Gore’s house uses ten times as much energy as the average house, and when Laurie David says,"Yes, I take a private plane on holiday a couple of times a year, and I feel horribly guilty about it. I probably shouldn’t do it. But the truth is, I’m not perfect. This is not about perfection. I don’t expect anybody else to be perfect either. That’s what hurts the environmental movement – holding people to a standard they cannot meet. That just pushes people away."…they still remain respected leaders of the global warming alarmists. There’s hypocrisy on both sides—religious right and environmentalists, but environmentalists are a lot better at getting away with hypocrisy. (The same is also true of John Edwards’ fight against poverty, but I digress.)This winter has been abnormally cold up here in Minnesota. It’s sad that I have to root for unusually cold winters in a state for which even warm winters are cold, but I have noticed that the global warming fanatics are a bit quieter when the windchill is -20. But of course, global warming fanatics have found an excuse for cold weather: it too is caused by global warming. In fact, everything is. Have any tornadoes in your state lately? That’s global warming. Have no tornadoes lately? That’s global warming too. Is it raining where you’re at? Global warming. Is it not raining where you’re at? Again, global warming. Heck, at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if global warming alarmists start blaming earthquakes and volcano eruptions on global warming, and it’s all the fault of George Bush and his big oil friends.One thing about global warming alarmism and religion—I don’t think it’s true that almost all of them are anti-religion. Many of them are in fact sincere Christians or sincere in some other traditional faith. I think many of them are misguided in their beliefs about global warming, but I do believe many of them are well-meaning and sincere in their faith. And when Christians want to take care of the Earth (or, for that matter, the poor), that’s actually very healthy and right, assuming one works hard personally for such a cause rather than sitting on one’s butt and declaring that someone else should do something. I hope I can say that my own personal efforts show a love for the environment. And there are many religious environmentalists who are sincere and walk the walk rather than just talking the talk. Nevertheless, regardless of one’s religious faith, it is truly annoying and idiotic how some people drive inefficient cars, travel a ton, keep their homes at whatever temperature they find most comfortable, and basically make no sacrafice themselves for the environment while having the gall to blame every abnormal weather event on George Bush.The Earth is a beautiful place. It’s just too bad her most vocal advocates are such pathetic hypocrites.

    Comment by cme — February 29, 2008 @ 3:03 pm - February 29, 2008

  24. >I wouldn’t be surprised if global warming alarmists start blaming earthquakes and volcano eruptions on global warming

    Here you go:

    The UK Earthquake Was Global Warming

    THE earthquake that rattled cupboards and shook windows was part of – it had to be – global warming.
    As Laura Blood says:

    12.54pm the West Midlands, North Yorkshire and London was hit by a Earthquake …

    Explosive volcanic eruption and tectonic activity are the two main causes of earthquakes. But with all the talk about global warming and how its effecting the environment isn’t this a sign that we really have to start leading greener lifestyles. Our erratic weather is starting to take real effect.

    And a comment on Anorak by Sylvie Pollard:

    Some scientists are worried that because the poles are melting so fast, the sudden release of pressure on the titonic [sic] plates is causing more slippage. This has been especially noticeable in Alaska, where over the last couple of years there has been an unprecidented amount of seismic activity.

    Comment by Vince P — February 29, 2008 @ 3:29 pm - February 29, 2008

  25. Why does the Left see Global Warmism as Most Important Issue…?

    "When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything." ~ G.K. Chesterton

    Comment by American Elephant — February 29, 2008 @ 5:05 pm - February 29, 2008

  26. #22  Cute.  Thanks for changing my words to mean the opposite of what I said.  How Republican of you.

    Comment by Houndentenor — March 1, 2008 @ 11:36 am - March 1, 2008

  27. #26: "Thanks for changing my words to mean the opposite of what I said.  How Republican of you."
    …and accurate.

    Comment by Sean A — March 1, 2008 @ 12:18 pm - March 1, 2008

  28. #6: Mark Steyn is wrong. Al Gore wouldn’t be caught dead at a salad bar!

    Comment by Attmay — March 1, 2008 @ 3:26 pm - March 1, 2008

  29. 29: LOL!  Oops, I meant to write "Belgian waffle/omelet station."

    Comment by Sean A — March 1, 2008 @ 5:08 pm - March 1, 2008

  30. As Eleanor Roosevelt so wisely said, "It is better to light one little curly lightbulb than to add to the curse of global warming by burning an oxygen consuming, pollution spewing candle." We just had a birthday party with a cake with 66 curly light bulbs in it. Our guest fainted trying to blow them out. Afterwards, we had a game of toss the curly light bulb. The EPA has declared the place a toxic site. As I understand it, a HAZMAT team is going to carefully encase it concrete. They also discovered a jar of jam in a cupboard that was beyond the expiration date. 

    Comment by heliotrope — March 2, 2008 @ 8:01 am - March 2, 2008

  31. #27 No it’s bullshit.  I am concerned about the climate and about pollution.  I don’t worship Gaea.   That’s just absurd.  Keep it up and continue pushing all the moderates to the left.  You are seriously in the minority on this issue (as you are on Iraq) and if you continue to argue along these lines you are going to lose even more support from the public.

    Comment by Houndentenor — March 3, 2008 @ 3:21 pm - March 3, 2008

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