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When Science Becomes "Treason"

by Tom McClintock [politician] 7/17/07

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is not some deranged nutcase standing barefoot on a street corner babbling to himself about the end of the world.  He is one of the leading voices of the environmental Left, he heads a major environmental organization and during the 2003 recall election, he served as one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s chief environmental advisors.   

So his remarks at one of Al Gore’s Live Earth rallies on Saturday should be taken seriously.  During his six minute speech, Kennedy referred to those who question the theory that humanity is causing the earth’s changing climate as “liars,” “crooks,” “corporate toadies,” “flat-earthers” and made this remarkable statement: “This is treason and we need to start treating them now as traitors.”

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The irony is that this is the same movement that wraps itself in pseudo-science, and yet declares that those who challenge their theory on scientific grounds “are on a par with Holocaust deniers” (as Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman wrote in February) and now, traitors.  The Left has taken science, which is founded on a rigorous and dispassionate evaluation of fact and an equally vigorous and open debate of theory, and perverted it into a shrill, self-righteous and utterly intolerant intellectual tyranny.  And like all authoritarian movements, it doesn’t take long for a tyranny of the mind (“global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers”) to transform itself into a tyranny of brute force (“This is treason and we need to start treating them now as traitors.”)

What does this say about the global warming movement?  One would have thought that Al Gore, whose latest book is entitled “The Assault on Reason” and who sponsored the event at which Mr. Kennedy spoke, would immediately disassociate himself from these remarks.  But six days later, Gore’s silence has said volumes.  And if this was mere rhetorical excess, why has Kennedy said nothing to clarify his extraordinary declaration?

When some of the most accomplished and reputable scientists on the planet in the fields of climatology, meteorology and solar physics all vigorously challenge the global warming doctrine, how can anyone who respects science and the scientific method declare the debate is over and that all dissenters are “traitors?”

Global warming doctrine cannot withstand scientific inquiry or open debate, and they know it.  And that’s why they believe that dissent must be ridiculed, bullied, suppressed and eradicated.  After all, it was the “flat-earthers” who, in the Dark Ages, declared the debate on the origins of Earth to be over and scientific inquiry to be heresy.  It was the men of science who welcomed a full debate over all aspects of human knowledge, secure in the belief that reason would ultimately prevail in any free debate. 

Speaking of which, there is a BBC production on the subject that devastatingly deconstructs the theory of human-induced global warming – the best that I’ve seen.  I guarantee it will be an hour well spent, and you can watch it on your computer by clicking HERE.   CRO





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