Environmentalism is one of the biggest and most successful social movements of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Fear that human activities are disrupting the planet’s climate – global warming – is one of the movement’s best-known tropes, often accompanied by predictions of frightening environmental disasters of apocalyptic proportions. But is it true?
Rael Jean Isaac, a sociologist who has written extensively about social movements in the U.S., has studied the environmental movement and paid special attention to its global warming campaign. She finds the global warming movement, far from being based on scientific facts or consensus, is basically irrational, ideological, and profoundly anti-science.
Dr. Isaac dissects the motivations and tactics of the leading “roosters” of the global warming campaign and finds they have much in common with members of the Xhosa tribe in what is now South Africa. In 1856, the tribe destroyed its cattle and ceased planting crops based on the apocalyptic prophecies of a 15-year-old girl.
Today’s environmentalists are using fear of global warming to destroy the foundations of modern civilization. These “roosters of the apocalypse” dominate governments, universities, and even scientific societies, even as the “owls” – scientists and others who doubt the threat of global warming is real – win the scientific debate and warn of the economic consequences of taking unnecessary action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Roosters of the Apocalypse is required reading for anyone interested in environmentalism, climate change, or contemporary social movements.
Praise for Roosters of the Apocalypse
This is a book that every policy-maker should read before they cast another vote for the president’s next “green energy” boondoggle. It’s full of truths that Al Gore would find terribly inconvenient, if only he had the guts and integrity to read it.
— Richard J. Trzupek, chemist and environmental consultant
In this lively and absolutely compelling book, Rael Jean Isaac — as she always does — has set her fellow Americans on the path to sanity, in this case providing them with everything they need to understand about both the recklessness with the truth and very real threat to the future behind the politics of “global warming.” If we Americans ever find our way past this hoax, our debt to her (and the Heartland Institute) will be immeasurable.
— Midge Decter, best-selling author, board member of the Clare Boothe Luce Fund
Rael Jean Isaac, author of the seminal The Coercive Utopians, has produced another masterpiece, an insightful account of global warming apocalyptic thinking. In this slim but well-researched volume, she traces the history of an obsessive movement; if unchecked, it would lead to economic suicide by cutting the supply of energy, the lifeblood of our civilization.
— Dr. S. Fred Singer, professor emeritus of environmental science, University of Virginia,
and director of the Science and Environmental Policy Project
In this little book, Ms. Isaac shreds the arguments for “global warming” from start to finish.
— Sol Sanders, The Washington Times
The totalitarian impulse is very strong among the climate change evangelists. Isaac notes James Hansen’s suggestion that opponents of green ideology are guilty of crimes against humanity and nature, with the obvious implication that they should be put on trial and jailed.
— Norman Rogers, member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society
The “climatologists” predicting imminent disaster from man-made global warming descend spiritually from the Laputan astronomers in Book Three of Gulliver’s Travels. The latter “never enjoy a minute’s peace of mind” because they believe that “the sun, daily spending its rays without any nutriment to supply them,” will eventually burn out and bring “the destruction of this earth.” And Rael Jean Isaac is our Jonathan Swift, applying the lash of satire to apocalyptic dogmatism posing as science.
— Edward Alexander, professor emeritus of English, University of Washington