Boris Johnson, a classically educated journalist and previous mayor of London, responded to the catastrophic climate predictions of James Lovelock:

“Like all the best religions, fear of climate change satisfies our need for guilt, and self disgust, and that human sense that technological progress must be punished by the gods. And the fear of climate change is like a religion in this vital sense, that it is veiled in mystery, and you can never tell whether your acts of propitiation or atonement have been in any way successful.”

From ‘Superfreakonomics- Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance‘ by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

HKO comments – and I would add that it is like old time religion in the way that non believers are demonized.