Since the election, several stories on support for religious creationism have made the rounds (courtesy of ~DS~ this wacko). I don't know if this portends a cultural shift or not, but the rising awareness may have subtle, if not significant, effects on the way people perceive their environment.
For instance, although kind of obvious in hindsight, this thought really only hit me recently:
- Abiotic oil as a means of generating a continual supply of fuel not only propagates the culture of consumption, but it meshes perfectly with the creationist's world view.
From the creationist's perspective, an abiotic argument allows their cherished belief of the relatively young age (~6000 years?) to be fully justified. Furthering the argument, they can thus easily dismiss any "fossil fuel" theory by claiming that all the oil we have found so far has an abiotic origin. I can see the new textbooks getting printed as we speak, right after the chapter on "The Myth of Dinosaurs".
Four more years of starry eyed bliss from the kool-aid crowd. What oil problems? These are times of opportunities!