Are Climate-Change Deniers Guilty of Treason?
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His equation of climate change doubters to Nazi apologists was echoed that year by Grist's David Roberts, who called for " some sort of climate Nuremberg" to hold the deniers accountable.
According to Guardian environmental columnist Leo Hickman, climate-change deniers love this kind of rhetoric, because it portrays them as "brave, ‘truth'-wielding Galileos standing up against a wave of pseudo-scientific indoctrination." Writing in response to Krugman's column, Mr. Hickman says that deniers faced with accusations of treaon will inevitably "trot out the predictable comparisons to the Salem witch trials and McCarthyism."
Of course, it's only a small fraction of environmentalists who have openly called for jail time – or worse – for climate-change deniers. After all, the environmental movement has benefited tremendously from laws that protect freedom of expression. Far more importantly, refraining from "hanging" people for what they say – even if you believe that what they say amounts to a destructive campaign of disinformation – is a hallmark of civilized society.
Eoin O'Carroll is a blogger for The Christian Science Monitor.