Calls to punish global warming skepticism as a criminal offense have surged in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Wait. Did you say "criminal?" Yes.
There are many people (and scientists) who question that anthropogenic activity (human activity) is causing global warming, but voicing such doubt could get you hauled before the justice system, if some of those in the climate change movement have their way.
“Climate change denial should be a crime,” declared the Sept. 1 headline in the Outline. Mark Hertsgaard argued in a Sept. 7 article in the Nation, titled “Climate Denialism Is Literally Killing Us,” that “murder is murder” and “we should punish it as such.”
Brad Johnson, executive director of Climate Hawks Vote, posted last week on Twitter a set of “climate disaster response rules,” the third of which was to “put officials who reject science in jail.”
The suggestion that those who run afoul of the climate change groupthinkers should face criminal charges is evidence of an alarming (pardon the pun) trend. A trend that is taking on religious and criminal overtones . . .
Climate skeptics have taken note of the alarming trend. “Ever since Hurricane Harvey, the global warming-hurricane hysteria has ratcheted up to levels I haven’t seen since 2006,” said Climate Scientist Judith Curry.
Anthony Watts, who runs the Watts Up With That blog, listed some of the threats to criminalize skeptics under the headline, “Hate on Display — climate activists go bonkers over #Irma and nonexistent climate connection.”
Climate Depot’s Marc Morano said the heightened vitriol aimed at those who dispute the link between climate change and extreme weather events is a sign that the global warming narrative is losing steam with the public and policymakers.
“Activists have been frustrated with a record number of polar bears, no acceleration of sea level, the Pause, no trends or declining trends in extreme weather and the public’s apathy,” said Mr. Morano, whose book “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change” is slated to be released in February. “President Trump has added to all of that, and we are now seeing them blow their gaskets in frustration,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis said the two Category 4 storms offer proof of catastrophic climate change, even though they are the first two major hurricanes to make landfall on the U.S. mainland in 12 years.
“You can see the effects of climate change with your own eyes, and scientists tell us clearly the way forward,” said the pontiff, adding that leaders have a “moral responsibility” to take action.
Moral responsibility. I hope you are listening, friend! Notice the religious overtone. This is how poisonous groupthink is becoming in America and in the world. At almost every weather anomaly these days, an increasingly shrill contingent vents their frustration & anger at the "unconverted" (individuals who do not believe that human activity is causing global warming or climate change). This type of paranoia, accusation and aggression would have been unheard of a short 20-years ago.
When Trump met with Francis in May, the pope gave the president a copy of his 2015 encyclical on climate change and the environment, “Laudato Si.” In the 184-page document, Francis argues that climate change is inherently a moral and spiritual issue and criticizes local and national governments that refuse to address it.
The Pope, assuming the role of Supreme Moral Authority (an easy step for the 'Vicar of God') is pressing for those who doubt CAGW (Catasptrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming) to repent of their sins. Should these doubters (myself included) turn from their evil ways and experience the penance-laden pivot-point of Climate Conversion, they will be a splendid prototype for another 'conversion experience'---one involving worship, a beast and an image. Yes. It's coming.
“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God a service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them" (John 16:1-4).
"And they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus" (Revelation 14:11-12).
Steve Wohlberg's Article: The Pope's Environmental Encyclical and The Mark of The Beast