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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Al Gore's Church of Global Warming wants Inquisitional Powers to Quash Heresy

Los Angeles, CA - The movers and shakers among the Church of Global Warming recently made some noises that are fairly amusing. But at the same time, they are also a little scary. It seems several are using harsh terms and suggesting even harsher measures against those that would utter heresy against their dogma. Check it out:

And as I watched the deniers make their arguments, I couldn’t help thinking that I was watching a form of treason — treason against the planet.

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Given this contempt for hard science, I’m almost reluctant to mention the deniers’ dishonesty on matters economic. But in addition to rejecting climate science, the opponents of the climate bill made a point of misrepresenting the results of studies of the bill’s economic impact, which all suggest that the cost will be relatively low.

Still, is it fair to call climate denial a form of treason? Isn’t it politics as usual?

Yes, it is — and that’s why it’s unforgivable.
Paul Krugman writing in a New York Times Op-Ed piece

Global warming is hard science. Right…

Then there is this clown that wants to bring criminal tribunals against corporate naysayers:

I wonder how future juries might view the actions of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who, in full knowledge of the realities of climate change, continue to preach their gospel of denial in the service of Big Oil dollars. I wonder what sentences judges might hand down at future international criminal tribunals on those who will be partially but directly responsible for millions of deaths from starvation, famine and disease in decades ahead. I put this in a similar moral category to Holocaust denial – except that this time the Holocaust is yet to come, and we still have time to avoid it. Those who try to ensure we don’t will one day have to answer for their crimes.
Mark Lynas

Global warming denial equates to denying the Holocaust. Criminal tribunals. Uh-huh…

James Hansen, the man that first preached Global Warming to the US Congress is looking to put energy company executives on trial:

James Hansen, one of the world's leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and cancer.
The Guardian: Put oil firm chiefs on trial, says leading climate change scientist

Does anyone have any idea what a high crime against humanity or nature might be? Are their statutes on law books somewhere that I can read?

George Monbiot writing in his new book says:

It's about the climate-change "denial industry," which most of you are probably familiar with. What you may not know about is the peculiar role of the tobacco industry in the whole mess. I've read about this stuff for years and even I was surprised by some of the details.

When we've finally gotten serious about global warming, when the impacts are really hitting us and we're in a full worldwide scramble to minimize the damage, we should have war crimes trials for these bastards -- some sort of climate Nuremberg.
David Roberts writing on Grist: An excerpt from a new book by George Monbiot

War crimes? Don't you have to have a war before you can do that?

This is troubling to me because all of the above people want to stifle free speech and the free exchange of ideas to preserve a politically correct idea. And they want to do so using some fairly hefty penalties.

It appears that Disciples of the Church of Global Warming don't think their dogma will stand up under open and honest debate. I can't imagine why they would think that..

I'm seeing more and more of this lately and curve is rising at an alarming rate. And it has to be stopped regardless of the subject at hand.

A tip of the hat to the Christian Science Monitor and Eoin O'Carroll's article, "Are climate-change deniers guilty of treason?" for inspiring this piece.


Global Warming: It is a hoax. It is bad science. It is high-jacking public policy. It is the greatest scam in history.
- John Coleman, Founder and former chief meteorologist of The Weather Channel

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