Climate scientist will say ‘global warming Nazis’ until they drop ‘denier’ label

Michael Bastasch | Energy Editor

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.”

While Republicans in Congress may put up with the labeling, Dr. Spencer is sick of it.

“Like the Nazis, they advocate the supreme authority of the state (fascism), which in turn supports their scientific research to support their cause (in the 1930s, it was superiority of the white race),” Spencer wrote.

“Dissenting scientific views are now jack-booted through tactics like pressuring scientific journals to not publish papers with which they disagree…even getting journal editors to resign,” Spencer continued. “Like the Nazis, they are anti-capitalist. They are willing to sacrifice millions of lives of poor people at the altar of radical environmentalism, advocating expensive energy policies that increase poverty. And if there is a historically demonstrable threat to humanity, it is poverty.”

“They invoke ‘consensus’, which results from only like-minded scientists who band together to support a common cause,” Spencer added. “This authoritarianism tends to happen with an over-educated elite class…I have read that Nazi Germany had more PhDs per capita than any other country. I’m not against education, but it seems like some of the stupidest people are also the most educated.”

(H/T Climate Depot and Dr. Roy Spencer)

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