How’s this for ‘tolerance’: Nuremberg-style trials for global warming skeptics?

What to say about this but wow:

A U.S. based environmental magazine that both former Vice President Al Gore (LINK ) and PBS newsman Bill Moyers, for his October 11th global warming edition of “Moyers on America” titled “Is God Green?” (LINK ) have deemed respectable enough to grant one-on-one interviews to promote their projects, is now advocating Nuremberg-style war crimes trials for skeptics of human caused catastrophic global warming.

Grist Magazine’s staff writer David Roberts called for the Nuremberg-style trials for the “bastards” who were members of what he termed the global warming “denial industry.”

Roberts wrote in the online publication on September 19, 2006, “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.” (LINK )

Gore and Moyers have not yet commented on Grist’s advocacy of prosecuting skeptics of global warming with a Nuremberg-style war crimes trial. Gore has used the phrase “global warming deniers” to describe scientists and others who don’t share his view of the Earth’s climate. It remains to be seen what Gore and Moyers will have to say about proposals to make skepticism a crime comparable to Holocaust atrocities.

The use of Holocaust terminology has drawn the ire of Roger Pielke, Jr. of the University of Colorado’s Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. “The phrase ‘climate change denier’ is meant to be evocative of the phrase ‘holocaust denier,'” Pielke, Jr. wrote on October 9, 2006 (LINK).

I, too, would like to know what Gore and Moyers think of Roberts’ advocacy of Nuremburg-style trials for people who simply disagree with them as to the alleged merits of the theory of global warming. Just imagine had this suggestion come from someone on the right hand side of the aisle. We’d have hearings on the Hill, mass protests in front of the man (or woman’s) home, Bush would be blamed …

Let the Grist editors know what you think.

Hat tip: ST readers DS and Severian


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