One of the more noticeable trends of recent times has been the attempt to close down any debate on climate change, with those expressing scepticism towards the more extreme scenarios being painted climate change deniers, as if this is on a par with holocaust deniers.
One can accept that human activity is leading to an increase in temperatures, without accepting the that the rate of increase is likely to be a problem in the next hundred years. There is considerable debate about whether the $1+ trillion or so cost of trying to fight global warming would not produce far better results if directed to AIDs or poverty.
Recently there has been a co-ordinated effort to cut off funding of any lobby groups which are sceptical of the holy writ of climate change. The do gooders claim this is such a vital issue we can’t afford to have people confused by messages from evil corporates. Well corporate speech is free speech and we should be worried about this growing intolerance.
Some voices on the political left have called for the arrest and prosecution of skeptical scientists. The British Foreign Secretary has said skeptics should be treated like advocates of Islamic terror and must be denied access to the media.
If climate change skeptics are wrong, then prove they are wrong. Don’t try and reintroduce heresy as a crime!Tags: International Politics