Is Failure Baked in the Cake at Glasgow?
"Colossal Stakes as Leaders Meet to Talk Climate," ran the headline.
"The Last Best Hope," ran the subhead, which turned out to be a quote from President Joe Biden's climate czar John Kerry.
But these alarmist headings were not atop an editorial. They topped the lead news story in Sunday's New York Times, the opening line of which set the tone for Glasgow: "The future is on the line."
Somini Sengupta, climate reporter, then laid out the "colossal stakes" of the summit.
"As presidents and prime ministers arrive in Glasgow this week for a pivotal climate summit, the outcome will determine, to a large extent, how the world's seven billion people will survive on a hotter planet and whether far worse levels of warming can be averted ...
"Already, the failure to slow rising temperatures -- brought on by the burning of oil, gas and coal -- has led to deadly floods, fires, heat, and drought around the world."
The hype is on. And the establishment media are playing their assigned role -- portraying a failure at Glasgow as a guarantee of the looming apocalypse.
The first leader the Times quoted was from Barbados. "That we are now so perilously close to the edge for a number of countries," said Prime Minister Mia Mottley, "is perhaps the tragedy of our times."
The theology of the climate crisis runs like this.
The planet has warmed by 1.1 degree Celsius since the Industrial Revolution. If warming rises to more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above 1900 levels, more and more terrible weather disasters will occur: wildfires, hurricanes of growing severity, droughts, coastal and river flooding, and islands sinking into the sea.