Clive Hamilton: offensive article equates "climate deniers" to Holocaust deniers

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Clive Hamilton: offensive nonsense

People of Higgins: this is the Greens candidate for your electorate. Read the following, frankly astonishing, extract carefully, and then decide whether these are the words of a responsible politician, or a hysterical alarmist who has lost all touch with reality, and more importantly, decency:

If the David Irvings of the world were to succeed, and the public rejected the mountain of evidence for the Holocaust, then the consequences would be a rewriting of history and a probable increase in anti-Semitism.

If the climate deniers were to succeed, and stopped the world responding to the mountain of evidence for human-induced global warming, then hundreds of millions of mostly impoverished people around the world would die from the effects of climate change.

They will die from famine, flood and disease caused by our unwillingness to act. The Stern report provides some sobering estimates: an additional 30-200 million people at risk of hunger with warming of only 2-3°C; an additional 250-500 million at risk if temperatures rise above 3°C; some 70-80 million more Africans exposed to malaria; and an additional 1.5 billion exposed to dengue fever.

Instead of dishonouring the deaths of six million in the past, climate deniers risk the lives of hundreds of millions in the future. Holocaust deniers are not responsible for the Holocaust, but climate deniers, if they were to succeed, would share responsibility for the enormous suffering caused by global warming.

It is a ghastly calculus, yet it is worth making because the hundreds of millions of dead are not abstractions, mere chimera until they happen. We know with a high degree of certainty that if we do nothing they will die.

If, like me, you adopt a virtue or duty ethic, but one tempered by consideration of the consequences of an act, climate deniers are less immoral than Holocaust deniers, although they are undoubtedly more dangerous.

However, as the casualties from a warming world mount over the next decades, the denialism of those who continue to reject the scientific evidence will come to be seen as more and more iniquitous. So the answer to the question of whether climate denialism is morally worse than Holocaust denialism is no, at least, not yet.

Not yet?! When someone rants like this, and makes deeply offensive comparisons with Holocaust denial, you know for sure they’ve lost the argument (and the plot).

Read it here.

Comments

  1. Some village somewhere is missing an idiot!

  2. This is a joke Right? or perhaps it should have been released on April 1st. To have a person like this stand as a candidate in any election is to treat the electorate as fools. God help us if this is all we can get to stand.

  3. Poor demented Clive Hamilton. Reminds me of this fellow:

    This is good. Every time one of these nutters goes off the reservation like this, it demonstrates that they know they are losing the argument. After all, this is hardly a victory speech, is it?

    We can only hope that an increasing number of loonies like this are attracted to stand for the Greens — and continue to speak out.

  4. You know, if he really cared about the environment, he’d be talking about deforestation, pollutants in waterways, salination and water shortages, not some trumped-up hoax to tax the crap out of people by blaming carbon for something it isn’t guilty of. And if he thinks he’s doing poverty a favour, he needs to watch The Great Global Warming Swindle and hear for himself what the African nations think of the whole climate change scam and what it means for poor people.

  5. What I love about the above remarks from the bloggers is the fact that we can read them now. A year or so ago, these denialist comments would have been deleted before they even hit the page. This is a big improvement. There is hope for the world.

  6. Mark me down as a Climate Denier and proud of it.
    More people will die from the so called fix for climate change than from any amount of denial.
    Where does the money from first world countries end up? Like always in the barrel of guns owned by third world despots.
    And what do they use these bullets for? Killing the population who oppose them.
    When the scientific community come to agreement that man is causing the climate change ( not just the scientists who work for large Government grants ) let me know and I will recheck the evidence. Till then, tell these ecnomists etc who are the spokespeople for the climate change fraternity to bag their heads.

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