The Incivil War of Climate Change Heats Up
Those of us who have not succumbed to the fashionable hysteria over anthropogenic global warming (aka “climate change”) have long become accustomed to being demonized and threatened by its more enthusiastic adherents, including some of its leading lights. For example, James Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has proposed that the CEOs of coal companies be tried as criminals against humanity. A few years ago, Heidi Cullen of The Weather Channel proposed that anyone in the meteorological business who didn’t bow to her superior wisdom be decertified. More recently, a columnist at Forbes called skeptics equivalent to addicts and declared that they should be “the first to pay” for the coming environmental apocalypse, comparing them to people whose houses should burn down because they refused to pay for the fire department.
Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman has compared AGW “deniers” (that is, skeptics) to Holocaust deniers, and just this week, a Bergen-Belsen survivor did exactly the same thing, with seeming approval by the New York Times science (and climate change) reporter Andy Revkin, though he later claimed that his link did not indicate either his agreement or approval.
Bjørn Lomborg (who actually believes that climate change is real and man-made) has been compared to Hitler by the head of the IPCC for merely having the temerity to point out the economic senselessness of many of the nostrums proposed to deal with the problem:
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