Friday, October 13, 2006

Unhinged Environmentalism

Okay. I hesitate even posting this considering the statement has since been retracted, but I'm going ahead with it anyway because I think it speaks to general mindset of some in the "Holy God if you don't stop driving that Hummer the world will overheat and we'll all be dead by next Wednesday" camp.

David Roberts, a staff writer at the environmentally delusional Grist magazine, had gone on record stating his belief that those who deny global warming should be put on trial. But not just any kind of trial. He wanted justice done Nuremberg-style:

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.

Now as I said, Roberts has retracted the statement due to it's obvious Holocaust parallels, as well he should have. There's crazy... and then there's just plain lunacy. His statement fell into the latter.

A commenter on the retraction, Lost Socks, summed it up best:

The ever so veiled attempt to link the holocaust with those who do not support the idea that humans are responsible for global warming is a sad testament to your own intolerance and just how out of touch you really are.

... The global climate is wildly unpredictable. And to want to put people on trial for a system that is so incompletely understood is insane.

Unfortunately for Roberts, the question still remains. If "global warming denial" isn't quite on par with Nazi war crimes, what exactly do you scale it back to? On what basis would you make the comparison to determine the appropriate "accountability" for said deniers?

Let me know. Seems like I may need to start looking for a good lawyer.

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