Apparently, environmentalists, under the auspices of the UN, decided two years ago that they were promulgating a religion. [HT: Lubos Motl]
Environmentalism should be regarded on the same level with religion "as the only compelling, value-based narrative available to humanity," according to a paper written two years ago to influence the future strategy of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), the world's would-be environmental watchdog.
The purpose of the paper, put together after an unpublicized day-long session in Switzerland by some of the world's top environmental bureaucrats: to argue for a new and unprecedented effort to move environmental concerns to "the center of political and economic decision-making" around the world — and perhaps not coincidentally, expand the influence and reach of UNEP at the tables of world power, as a rule-maker and potential supervisor of the New Environmental Order.
This is very clarifying. Since environmentalism is equivalent to a religion, that explains why the burden of proof needed to support their hypotheses is so minimal. Who needs proof when you have faith?