Former NASA scientist Dr. Roy Spencer is sick of being labeled a global warming ‘denier’ by politicians and environmentalists. So sick of it, in fact, that he’s going to start calling detractors “global warming Nazis” until he is no longer called a “denier.”
“Yeah, somebody pushed my button,” Spencer wrote on his blog. “When politicians and scientists started calling people like me ‘deniers’, they crossed the line.”
“They indirectly equate (1) the skeptics’ view that global warming is not necessarily all manmade nor a serious problem, with (2) the denial that the Nazi’s extermination of millions of Jews ever happened,” Spencer added.
“Too many of us for too long have ignored the repulsive, extremist nature of the comparison. It’s time to push back,” he wrote. “I’m now going to start calling these people “global warming Nazis.’”
The term global warming “denier” is given to those who are skeptical or deny the existence of man-made global warming. While “deniers” don’t necessarily argue that the globe has not warmed or that the climate does not change, instead, they are skeptical that human activity is a major cause of it.
Environmentalists and politicians often use the term to malign those who argue against government action on climate. Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse regularly lambastes climate “deniers”, including in a speech he gave on the Senate floor in January.
Environmental activists also ramped up their campaign to label Members of Congress who are skeptical of global warming as “deniers” and “anti-science”. Activists from Organizing for Action delivered “Climate Denier Awards” — unicorn trophies — to members of congress they branded as “climate deniers” last summer.
The League of Conservation launched $2 million ad campaign against “anti-science” congressmen in competitive districts. The group targeted Republicans Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado, Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois and Rep. Dan Benishek of Michigan.
“The American people are tired of Washington politicians ignoring basic scientific facts and standing in the way of action on climate change,” said LCV president Gene Karpinski. “This ad campaign shows that members of Congress won’t be able to sweep their extreme, anti-science voting records under the rug.”