Monday, June 29, 2009

Krugman Redefines the Meaning of Treason

Paul Krugman, never one to hold back on comments, now has declared that anyone who doe s not believe as he does on global warming is guilty of “treason against the planet.” Lest a reader think I am exaggerating, here is what he wrote:

And as I watched the deniers make their arguments, I couldn’t help thinking that I was watching a form of treason — treason against the planet.

To fully appreciate the irresponsibility and immorality of climate-change denial, you need to know about the grim turn taken by the latest climate research.

But, there is so much more to his apocalyptic attacks on anyone who might think differently:

To fully appreciate the irresponsibility and immorality of climate-change denial, you need to know about the grim turn taken by the latest climate research. (Emphasis mine)

The fact is that the planet is changing faster than even pessimists expected: ice caps are shrinking, arid zones spreading, at a terrifying rate. And according to a number of recent studies, catastrophe — a rise in temperature so large as to be almost unthinkable — can no longer be considered a mere possibility. It is, instead, the most likely outcome if we continue along our present course.

Thus researchers at M.I.T., who were previously predicting a temperature rise of a little more than 4 degrees by the end of this century, are now predicting a rise of more than 9 degrees. Why? Global greenhouse gas emissions are rising faster than expected; some mitigating factors, like absorption of carbon dioxide by the oceans, are turning out to be weaker than hoped; and there’s growing evidence that climate change is self-reinforcing — that, for example, rising temperatures will cause some arctic tundra to defrost, releasing even more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.


This truly is amazing. Krugman pretty much now holds the view that HE is the standard of good and proper thought. Remember, throughout history, the punishment for “treason” has been death. By the way, don’t think that people like Krugman are going to back off. Holocaust “denial” in parts of Europe is punishable by prison, and I guarantee you that people like Krugman and his zealot friends will want similar legislation in the USA for “global warming denial.” I wish I were exaggerating, but I see this coming.

One thing that does interest me is that Krugman pretends that other researchers (including researchers at MIT) who hold to different views simply don’t exist, or anyone who does express a dissenting view either is an industry stooge or insane. And all of us know what must be done about these "enemies of the people," or should I say, "Enemies of the planet."

5 comments:

A Duke Dad said...

We are in the midst of Global Warming right now. Temperatures are 50 or 60 F higher than this past January. If this trend is maintained, temperatures will increase one thousand degrees in just 10 years.

The Government must take much firmer steps immediately. My suggestion is legislation requiring everyone to keep their refrigerator doors open at all times, to cool the world.

William L. Anderson said...

Where I live in Garrett County, Maryland, we are in the midst of global cooling, as our days are in the 70s. Obviously, the government is not doing enough to keep us warm!

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JRoger said...

Oh boy i guess i am going to be busted for being a denier and off to the gallows i go. Helpppppppp.

halides1 said...

Bill,

I agree that Paul Krugman's choice of words is inflammatory and unhelpful. However, Senator James Inhofe called catastrophic global warming the "greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people." Besides being inflammatory and unhelpful for different reasons, Senator Inhofe's claim reveals ignorance of how scientists work. If I wished to perpetrate a scientific hoax, I would have to make sure that all of my papers and grants were reviewed only by others who were in on the hoax, a virtual impossibility. And, I could leave no paper or electronic trail when I conversed with my hypothetical co-conspirators. Unfortunately, many people still seem to accept the notion of a global warming hoax (http://www2.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/08-05-2007/0004639476&EDATE=).

Chris