Writing on his blog, global climate change skeptic Dr. Roy W. Spencer, decried the use of the term "global warming denier", saying it is being used by "global warming nazis' in an attempt to equate those who reject global weather change with Holocaust deniers.
Dr. Spencer, a former NASA climatologist who has testified before Congress on climate issues, says that it is "time to push back" against scientists and politicians who use the term 'denier'.
"When politicians and scientists started calling people like me “deniers”, they crossed the line. They are still doing it. They indirectly equate (1) the skeptics’ view that global warming is not necessarily all manmade nor a serious problem, with (2) the denial that the Nazi’s extermination of millions of Jews ever happened," he wrote. "Too many of us for too long have ignored the repulsive, extremist nature of the comparison. It’s time to push back. I’m now going to start calling these people 'global warming Nazis' ."
Although there is an overwhelming consensus among scientists that anthropogenic global climate change is real, there remain small pockets of skeptics who explicitly deny global warming.
Dr. Spencer claims these voices are not being heard, stating "Dissenting scientific views are now jack-booted through tactics like pressuring scientific journals to not publish papers with which they disagree…even getting journal editors to resign."
About the "global warming nazis", he writes , "Like the Nazis, they advocate the supreme authority of the state (fascism), which in turn supports their scientific research to support their cause (in the 1930s, it was superiority of the white race)."
He adds, "Like the Nazis, they are anti-capitalist. They are willing to sacrifice millions of lives of poor people at the altar of radical environmentalism, advocating expensive energy policies that increase poverty. And if there is a historically demonstrable threat to humanity, it is poverty."
Dr. Spencer, who teaches at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, blames global climate change consensus on "authoritarianism", writing, "This authoritarianism tends to happen with an over-educated elite class…I have read that Nazi Germany had more PhDs per capita than any other country. I’m not against education, but it seems like some of the stupidest people are also the most educated."
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