Sean Penn is a progressive activist actor who of late has been championing the cause of Climate Change. Penn's pontifications about cult-like thinking that he associates with those who oppose the campaign to combat anthropogenic climate change calls for some consideration.
Firstly, Penn referred to Fox Network Thinking. Oh, really? (Not O'Reilly). This may be news to Sean but the sensibilities and dispositions vary between various channels, even those owned by News Corp. The Fox broadcast network, which Penn cited, will be launching a series next year called "Lucifer". That is not a show to which most viewers of the Fox News Channel (FNC) would cotton. It would be fair to characterize the Fox Business Channel as being more libertarian leaning, whereas Fox News Channel has shifted from a right center news organization in 2012 to more of an establishment Republican (ala Karl Rove) oriented network with some patches of Populism (namely O'Reilly and to some extent Sean Hannity). Factor that (sic).
Penn seems to think that anyone who disputes Climate Change consensus does not care about quality of life in any sense. Obviously, Penn is oblivious to the Skeptical Environmentalist, Bjorn Lomborg who buys into man-made climate change, but believes that it is more effective to solve other world health issues, like clean water and malaria.
It is hard to claim that the Société de Calcul Mathématique has been brainwashed by "Fox network thinking." But Penn seems to know better.
So many Climate Change activists rely on the myth that man-made CO2 Driven Climate Change is settled science. When they are challenged, such eco-activists flail and invoke 97% scientific consensus, as was infamously implied by Sierra Club President Aaron Mair's embarrassing episode before the Senate Environment Committee. At the Paris Climate Change Summit, President Barack Obama claimed that consensus was 99.5% of scientists. These figures seem as fungible as the East Anglia hockey stick model which drove Climate Change science in 2010.
Considering the Alinsky-like tarnishing of targets by painting them as Fox network cultists, fascistically condemning anyone who does not tow the party line and zealously refusing to engage in scientific exchanges makes inquiring minds wonder if Penn is projecting his cult charges. Wonder what really is in Penn's cocktail cup. Hey Kool-Aid!
Perhaps Penn should not have wasted time in Mr. Hands class during Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982).