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Well, there’s the Christmas spirit for you: A music professor in Austria (musicology professors being known experts in science) has decided that skeptics of anthropogenic global warming (1) are so endangering the planet that, if they do not recant, they should all be executed:
Prof Richard Parncutt says:
“I have always been opposed to the death penalty in all cases…”
“Even mass murderers [like Breivik] should not be executed, in my opinion.”
“GW deniers fall into a completely different category from Behring Breivik. They are already causing the deaths of hundreds of millions of future people. We could be speaking of billions, but I am making a conservative estimate.”
If a jury of suitably qualified scientists estimated that a given GW denier had already, with high probability (say 95%), caused the deaths of over one million future people, then s/he would be sentenced to death. The sentence would then be commuted to life imprisonment if the accused admitted their mistake, demonstrated genuine regret, AND participated significantly and positively over a long period in programs to reduce the effects of GW (from jail) – using much the same means that were previously used to spread the message of denial. At the end of that process, some GW deniers would never admit their mistake and as a result they would be executed. Perhaps that would be the only way to stop the rest of them. The death penalty would have been justified in terms of the enormous numbers of saved future lives.
Take note: the killer of 77 adults and children in Norway does not deserve death, but skeptics who question the existence of a phenomenon about which there is serious doubt must die, because they are responsible for the deaths of millions who do not even exist yet.
And they call us “loony.”
But at least you get a fair trial before a jury of qualified scientists! “Qualified,” of course, means “accepts the orthodoxy of the Church of Climate Change.”
Galileo would recognize this in an instant.
Oh, in case you’re wondering, the professor (or his bosses) have already taken that page down. You can read all about it, however, at JoNova.
(1) Guess I’d better report myself…
(Crossposted at Public Secrets)