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Activists Try To Silence Global Warming ‘Skeptics’ At UN Summit

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Environmentalists are trying to marginalize and intimidate skeptics attending the United Nations global warming summit in Paris.

Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Chris Horner was strolling the streets of Paris around the U.N. conference when he saw a wanted poster with his headshot on it. The poster, from the environmental group Avaaz, labels Horner a “Climate Criminal” who is a lobbyist for the “carbon industry” who’s a “climate skeptic.”

Chris Horner wanted poster

Source: Photo taken by Horner

“Having bragged about the honor on my first book’s cover nearly nine years ago, I’d say it’s getting a little long in the tooth,” Horner tells The Daily Caller News Foundation. “If memory serves they first broke out the wanted-poster motif at the Montreal COP; Lisa Jackson/’Richard Windsor’ somewhat hysterically decried my FOIA efforts as ‘criminal.’”

“Left unmentioned is the FOIA work is mere flattery of Greenpeace’s, following in its footsteps from the University of Virginia to the Smithsonian and elsewhere,” Horner says.

Horner’s unfazed by the poster, but it’s just another example of how environmental activists are trying to silence skeptics attending the U.N. summit — a summit being hailed as the “last chance” to save the planet from environmental catastrophe.

Environmentalists recently called for the U.N. to eject all skeptics from the Paris talks. Activists were furious that the Heartland Institute, an American conservative group, showed a new documentary called “Climate Hustle” that debunks claims made by environmentalists sounding the alarm on global warming.

“One notorious oil industry-funded climate denier is debuting a documentary film full of lies and misinformation,” the activist group SumOfUs says in a fundraising letter. “Some of the ‘world’s most notorious climate deniers’ had crashed the French proceedings ‘in a last-minute ­attempt to derail the whole thing’.”

While it’s not true that “Climate Hustle” is funded by the oil industry — it’s funded by 1,500 citizen supporters — it shows just how far environmentalists are willing to go to trash global warming skeptics.

“We are even hearing that James Inhofe — the US senator who wrote a book calling global warming the ‘greatest hoax ever perpetrated’ — is on his way,” SumOfUS says.

Left-wing politicians and their environmentalist allies are desperate to get countries to agree to a successor to the Kyoto Protocol in Paris. Expectations are high for a global agreement to cut carbon dioxide emissions, but even if such a deal is struck it’s unclear if it will be enforceable.

The U.S. and Europe called for conflicting visions of what a U.N. climate deal will look like. Europeans want a legally binding treaty on CO2 emissions, but U.S. leaders have sent conflicting messages on what they want from a treaty.

Secretary of State John Kerry says a U.N. treaty will not be legally binding so it won’t have to go before a Republican-controlled Senate where it will certainly be voted down. Kerry did walk back his comments a bit, and President Barack Obama has called for a treaty to be legally binding.

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