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Thursday, October 19th 2006

Only If We Hold The Trials In Tightwad, Missouri

Should global warming deniers be subject to Nuremburg style trials?!

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.

And you thought Senator Inhofe was the nut case here. Apparently not. The good Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Enviornment & Public Works does have his say.

The original author, David Roberts, takes some pride in being called out. I guess it is a sign of respect in the community he comes from.

I have now joined the august ranks of journalists — including such luminaries as Tom Brokaw, New York Times environment reporter Andy Revkin, and AP science reporter Seth Borenstein — publicly attacked by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works. They hate me! They really hate me!

Then he goes on to make some rather bizarre claims. Such as citing this book, which claims there are these

connections between the global warming denial industry and the tobacco industry. In some cases, the very same people instrumental in denying for years that tobacco is harmful are now denying that global warming is happening (or human-caused, or harmful, or whatever they can get away with). Again: the very same people.

But here’s the world’s most influential and famous global warming denier. Plenty of credentials and uh…well, no ties that I see to the tobacco industry.

At least he gets a couple things right,

Let’s be clear: there are substantial debates about the severity of the effects of global warming, and the timing of those effects. There are substantial debates about the proper policy response. There are plenty of good-faith debates we should be, and are, having.

And the cause. Don’t forget the debate over the cause.

And, he gets it right that he was excessive in his original posting.

Nuremberg trials? Eh, whatever. Sue me for rhetorical excess. But let’s not forget that a moral crime is taking place under our noses, and nothing is to be gained by being polite about it.

Eh, whatever“? David Roberts is a hack. You can’t make a bizarre and excessive call like that and then brush it off by saying your trying to prevent a moral crime. A crime?

What a moron. He should go back to eating granola…or whatever he does besides posting just flagrantly inappropriate op/eds.

My opinion has been well voiced here – there is a real debate and there is a massive case of fear mongering going on amongst those concerned about global warming. Basically, my thoughts are best summed up by a South Park video (when are they not?),

I’ve posted this video before, but…well…watch it again cause it is funny.