You who build these altars now,
To sacrifice these children,
You must not do it anymore.

-Leonard Cohen

The word sacrifice is bandied about by both sides of the debate on climate action. Shall we unpack this loaded shuttlecock?

The Sacrifice of Isaac by Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Raising the spectre of sacrifice is the all the vogue in current climate denier and delayer circles: it is…