'Misplaced' belief in climate change has killed more people than Hitler: Monckton

Christopher Monckton, the prominent British climate change skeptic who made the news last week when he compared climate protesters in Copenhagen to "Hitler Youth," advocated the creation of internment camps for HIV-positive people in an article published two decades ago.

An article that Monckton penned for the American Spectator in 1987, and uncovered by Media Matters' Chris Harris, states:

...There is only one way to stop AIDS. That is to screen the entire population regularly and to quarantine all carriers of the disease for life to halt transmission of the disease to those who are uninfected. Every member of the population should be blood-tested every month to detect the presence of antibodies against the disease, and all those found to be infected with the virus, even if only as carriers, should be isolated compulsorily, immediately, and permanently.

(Read the entire article below.)

To students of history, Monckton's notion of a permanent internment of HIV carriers is no doubt reminiscent of the Third Reich's policy of sending certain "undesirable" groups, such as the developmentally challenged, homosexuals, Jews and Gypsies, to concentration camps. Yet it is Monckton himself who was last week invoking Nazi analogies.

The British member of nobility, referred to in the UK as Viscount Monckton, drew outrage from climate activists when he compared environmental protesters at the Copenhagen climate summit to "Hitler Youth."

Later in the week, Monckton defended his claim to a climate activist and expanded on his Hitler analogy.

"The last time that that kind of robotic hysteria was ever seen in Copenhagen was when the Hitler Youth were here when [Denmark] was occupied by the Germans," Monckton said. "I don't blame the young people, because they have been propagandized the same way as the Hitler Youth were."

Monckton then stated that "misplaced" public belief in climate change has killed more people than Hitler did.

"The number of people being killed by this misplaced belief in climate change is, if anything, greater than the number killed by Hitler," he said. "There have been major food riots in 12 major regions of the planet over the last two years, accompanied by mass starvation and death because of the doubling of food prices caused by the biofuel scam, which is itself a spin-off of the global warming scam."

Monckton testified on climate change legislation before the House Ways and Means Committee this spring, and has been quoted on a number of occasions by congresspeople opposed to climate change initiatives.

"This is who is leading the battle against climate change," comments John Avarosis on AmericaBlog. "We have a far larger problem than the fact that some people are denying climate change. Conservatives in this country have taken to a rather disturbing extremism that embraces McCarthyism (labeling everyone a socialist and a Maoist, and doing it with a straight face), and literally believing that climate change advocates are worse than Hitler - not just making the dumb comparison, but actually believing it."

The following video was uploaded to YouTube by user bdemelle, December 10, 2009.

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The following article was published in the January, 1987, of American Spectator, and posted to the web by EnviroKnow.

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