Michael Crichton (RIP) on the Environment

Michael Crichton has died of cancer. You know him best as the author of Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain. But some will remember him for the controversy that surrounded his later career. Crichton’s 2004 novel, State of Fear launched a literary assault on environmentalism and the concept of global warming. And the next thing you know, Crichton testified before the US Senate at the invitation of Senator James M. Inhofe, who called global warming “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” (Inhofe also made State of Fear — a novel, mind you — required reading for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.) Below, we feature Crichton offering his thoughts on why environmentalism is “one of the most powerful religions in the Western world.”


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