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01-27-2010, 01:44 PM
Climate Greenshirts: The Rise of Eco-Fascism

The first tactic of the Climate Greenshirts is to smear the warming unbelievers as “climate criminals” who are committing “terracide” (that’s climate-speak for killing the Earth).

Green activist Michael Tobis takes it one step further, resorting to over-wrought Nazi comparisons. Tobis has darkly claimed “my paternal grandfather among other close relatives was in fact killed at a concentration camp on the basis of (right-wing) conspiracy theories.” (The fact that the Nazis were hard-core socialists seems to have escaped Mr. Tobis’ notice.)

Next stop on the road to eco-totalitarianism: disinformation tactics and governmental control of free speech.

Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s regulatory czar, advocates this strategy to counter the claims of the so-called climate change deniers: “government agents or their allies…will undermine the crippled epistemology of believers by planting doubts about the theories and stylized facts that circulate within such groups, thereby introducing beneficial cognitive diversity:” http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1084585

In the United Kingdom, Fred Pearce penned in the Guardian of the necessity to “silence” the doubters. And journalist Alex Lockwood has proposed “the Internet should be nationalised as a public utility” in order to contain the superfluous claims of the warming skeptics.

Mr. Orwell, are you taking note?

But many progressives view speech-muzzling as a weak-kneed measure. Why not a hearty round of criminal prosecutions to speed us down the path to the long-awaited eco-nirvana?

James Hansen of the National Air and Space Administration has called for trials of the skeptics for alleged “high crimes against humanity.” Grist Magazine’s David Roberts has demanded Nuremberg-style inquisitions for the “bastards” who are populate the global warming “denial industry.”

During a 2007 Live Earth concert, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., son of the former senator, railed against the “corporate toadies” who question global warming and demanded their head on a platter. “We need to start treating them as traitors,” he shouted to the frenzied crowd. Two years later Kennedy declared coal company execs “should be in jail…for all of eternity.”

Gee, what’s Mr. Kennedy planning to do for an encore?

Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki has called for pre-emptive action against foot-dragging politicians: “What I would challenge you to do is to put a lot of effort into trying to see whether there’s a legal way of throwing our so-called leaders into jail because what they’re doing is a criminal act.” Ironically, Dr. Suzuki is a former board member of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

And then there’s the Ultimate Solution, the answer to all the laggards who stubbornly refuse to jump on the global warming bandwagon.

The Talking Points Memo website is a hot-bed of environmental activism. A June 2 posting asked pointedly, “At what point do we jail or execute global warming deniers”? A few days later former Clinton administration official Joe Romm explained away the intemperate remarks “not as a threat, but a prediction.”