Friday, February 28, 2014

Skeptics Smeared As Holocaust Deniers, ADL Silent

"Inappropriate Comparisons Trivialize the Holocaust" - Abraham Foxman, ADL Director

While the ADL moved quickly to denounce Dr. Spencer, it appears unwilling to defend him and other climate skeptics from reprehensible analogies to "Holocaust deniers".

Ellen Goodman

"Let's just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers."

Ellen Goodman, Boston Globe (2007)

Al Gore

"Clouds of a different sort signal an environmental holocaust without precedent. Once again, world leaders waffle, hoping the danger will dissipate. Yet today the evidence is as clear as the sounds of glass shattering in Berlin."

- Al Gore (1989)

Andrew Glikson

"I wonder whether such a show, if concerned with denial of the holocaust of world war II, would have been conceived?"

Andrew Glikson, Australian National University (2012)

Bernie Sanders

"It reminds me in some ways of the debate taking place in this country and around the world in the late 1930s - there were people - who said 'don't worry! Hitler's not real! It'll disappear!"

Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator from Vermont (2010)

Bill McGuire

"We have Holocaust deniers; we have climate change deniers. And to be honest, I don’t think there’s a great deal of difference."

Bill McGuire, University College London (2006)

Caroline Lucas

"Would the media insist on having a Holocaust-denier to balance any report about the Second Word War?"

Caroline Lucas, U.K. Green Party MP (2007)

Chad Kister

"...the others working to derail this critical piece of legislation will be seen as the Adolph Hitlers of our day, contributing to a holocaust vastly eclipsing the horrors of World War II."

Chad Kister, Environmental Activist (2008)

Charles Larson

"The deniers of climate change are cut from the same cloth as Holocaust deniers. They’ve never been to the death camps, Auschwitz and Birkenau, so what they haven’t seen does not exist."

Charles Larson, American University (2013)

Chris Mooney

"The obvious reductio ad absurdum is Holocaust deniers: Should their perspective be provided, for "balance," any time someone writes about the Holocaust?"

Chris Mooney, The Intersection (2006)

Clive Hamilton

"Climate deniers are less immoral than Holocaust deniers, although they are undoubtedly more dangerous."

Clive Hamilton, Charles Sturt University (2009)

Craig Rosebraugh

"Fox [News] is far and away the extreme example. They’ll have a known holocaust denier debating a holocaust survivor."

Craig Rosebraugh, Environmental Activist (2013)

Chris Huhne

"Giving in to the forces of low ambition would be an act of climate appeasement. This is our Munich moment."

Chris Huhne, U.K. Energy and Climate Change Minister (2011)

David Fiderer

"At its core, global warming denial is like Holocaust denial, an assault on common decency."

David Fiderer, The Huffington Post (2009)

David Roberts

"It's about the climate-change "denial industry", ...we should have war crimes trials for these bastards - some sort of climate Nuremberg."

David Roberts, Grist Magazine (2006)

Donald Prothero

"There are many more traits that the climate deniers share with the creationists and Holocaust deniers and others who distort the truth."

Donald Prothero, Occidental College (2012)

George Monbiot

"Almost everywhere, climate change denial now looks as stupid and as unacceptable as Holocaust denial."

George Monbiot, The Guardian (2006)

Greg Craven

"When the press does a story on the Holocaust, do they give equal time to the revisionists?"

Greg Craven, Central High School, Independence, Oregon (2010)

Guy Keleny

"I think these people are anti-science flat-earthers. ...They are every bit as dangerous as Holocaust deniers."

Guy Keleny, The Independent (2013)

James Hrynyshyn

"I asked Lucht if he would give similar treatment to anti-vaccine activists or Holocaust deniers."

James Hrynyshyn, The Island of Doubt (2009)

James Powell

"Those who abjure global warming are not skeptics; they are deniers. To call them skeptics is to debase language as much as to call the Ku Klux Klan "prejudiced," Holocaust deniers "biased," or Flat-Earthers "mistaken."

James Powell, National Physical Science Consortium (2012)

Jim Hoggan

"These are not debunkers, testing outrageous claims with scientific rigor. They are deniers - like Holocaust deniers."

Jim Hoggan, DeSmogBlog (2005)

Joe Romm

"Would PBS go so far as to give air time to an even more extreme kind of disinformer, a Holocaust denier?"

Joe Romm, Climate Progress (2012)

Joel Connelly

"Bluntly put, climate change deniers pose a greater danger than the lingering industry that denies the Holocaust."

Joel Connelly, Seattle Post-Intelligencer (2007)

Johann Hari

"The climate-change deniers are rapidly ending up with as much intellectual credibility as creationists and Flat Earthers. ...they are nudging close to having the moral credibility of Holocaust deniers."

Johann Hari, The Independent (2005)

Jon Niccum

"An Inconvenient Truth is so convincing that it makes opposers of the argument as credible as Holocaust deniers."

Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World (2006)

Margo Kingston

"David Irving is under arrest in Austria for Holocaust denial. Perhaps there is a case for making climate change denial an offence - it is a crime against humanity after all."

Margo Kingston, Webdiary (2006)

Mark Lynas

"I wonder what sentences judges might hand down at future international criminal tribunals on those who will be partially but directly responsible for millions of deaths from starvation, famine and disease in decades ahead. I put this in a similar moral category to Holocaust denial."

Mark Lynas, Environmental Activist (2006)

Nathan Rees

"The threat of climate change is catastrophic. In fact, the current wave of climate change scepticism smacks of 1930s-style appeasement."

Nathan Rees, Australian Politician (2009)

Nick Cohen

"The evidence for man-made global warming is as final as the evidence of Auschwitz."

Nick Cohen, The Guardian (2014)

Paul McCartney

"Some people don't believe in climate warning - like those who don't believe there was a Holocaust."

Paul McCartney, Musician (2010)

Pete Postlethwaite

"There are bound to be deniers. Whenever you set up a thesis there's bound to be somebody who comes the opposite way …like Holocaust deniers."

Pete Postlethwaite, Actor (2009)

Peter Christoff

"Even so - and because of its resonance with Holocaust denial - the term "denier" can be used to describe those who trivially reject the existence and threat of global warming."

Peter Christoff, The Age (2007)

Peter Jacques

"This article begins by first naming this counter-movement "climate denial" and working through the various apparent options by specifically looking at the scholarship on Holocaust denial for insight."

Peter Jacques, University of Central Florida (2012)

Phil Plait

"A lot of them complain because they say the word denial puts them in the same bin as holocaust deniers. That's too bad. But the thing is, they do have something in common: a denial of evidence and of scientific consensus."

Phil Plait, Discover Magazine (2009)

Rajendra Pachauri

"What is the difference between Lomborg’s view of humanity and Hitler's? ...If you were to accept Lomborg’s way of thinking, then maybe what Hitler did was the right thing."

Rajendra Pachauri, U.N. IPCC (2004)

Richard Glover

"Surely it's time for climate-change deniers to have their opinions forcibly tattooed on their bodies."

Richard Glover, The Sydney Morning Herald (2011)

Richard Kyte

"Does the Media Research Center think equal air time should be given to Holocaust deniers and flat-earthers as well?"

Richard Kyte, Viterbo University (2013)

Richard Schiffman

"We don't give Holocaust deniers equal time to vent their noxious views, so why offer it to the climate change deniers?"

Richard Schiffman, The Huffington Post (2012)

Robert Manne

"Denialism, a concept that was first widely used, as far as I know, for those who claimed that the Holocaust was a fraud, is the concept I believe we should use."

Robert Manne, La Trobe University (2009)

Scott Pelley

"If I do an interview with Elie Wiesel, am I required as a journalist to find a Holocaust denier?"

Scott Pelley, CBS (2006)

Stephen Buckley

"I now have a new level of disdain for global warming deniers. I just lump them in with Holocaust deniers and act accordingly."

Stephen Elliott-Buckley, Politics, Re-Spun (2007)

Stuart Pimm

"The text [The Skeptical Environmentalist] employs the strategy of those who, for example, argue ...that Jews weren't singled out by the Nazis for extermination."

Stuart Pimm, Columbia University (2001)

Thomas Schelling

"I do think it's often a mistake to call them climate skeptics. I think they're deniers, just as I think president Ahmadinejad of iran who claims not to believe that the Holocaust occurred."

Thomas Schelling, University of Maryland (2013)

Read More:

The silence of the Anti Defamation League suggests they endorse defamation of climate skeptics (WUWT, March 3, 2014)
Climate Change 'as Certain as Auschwitz,' Claims Guardian (Breitbart, March 22, 2014)


Paul MacRae said...

To bad these people don't know the difference between denying a known historical fact (the Holocaust), and questioning (as scientists are supposed to do) an extremely tenuous hypothesis based entirely in computer models that were unable to predict the "pause" in warming over the past 15 years.

Andrew said...

Thanks for the additions "unsettledscience".

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Papa Zu said...

Is ADL obtuse, politically motivated or suffering moral bias?

Anonymous said...

early recognition of the problem, from an unlikely source (then quite new to the debate)

"I’ve been following the global warming argument closely of late and I’ve noticed both sides often fulfill Godwin’s Law. Global warming advocates liken skeptics to Holocaust deniers (akin to a Nazi). Skeptics compare Al Gore’s public awareness campaign to Nazi-like propoganda. It’s lazy debating – why discuss the issues with facts and logic when you can easily write off your opponent with a derogatory label?"
- John Cook – 2007

[John Cook - Founder of www.Skeptical writing on another of his blogs, a few months before the first ever article at Skeptical Science]

4TimesAYear said...

It's a straw man - no one that I know of denies that climate changes. And if anyone is a "climate change denier" it's those who think it didn't change before we arrived on the scene. Again, it's a straw man argument.

Unknown said...

The problem is that none of these individuals are willing to admit that science findings are meant to be challenged. There is no such concept as consensus in the field of science that would not still be open to challenge. Clearly, these comments reflect a closed mind and a lack of scientific training. The models used to precict climate are seriously flawed and inaccurate. The examples of missed predictions fills a page. The tactic of calling skeptics deniers is straight out of the works of Saul Alinsky who taught the 70s generation of socialists that "when one cant win with facts, turn to ridicule and name calling". This current crop of name-callers, having no firm, uncontroversial facts, turn to ridicule and ridiculous analogy. Hopefully they will soon be seen as the actual deniers,who refuse to examine the raw data to see that the consensus is bogus.

Abu Nudnik said...

The past is definite. It can be examined. These morons believe the future is equally knowable. That is a delusion.

Unknown said...

It's the usual crap! If you counter any of the questionable areas that threaten their greatest source of grants and free funding, the finger points, and you instantly become a Racist/Nazi/Denier/Etc.Etc.Etc. .. It ALL about money folks. Al Gore has one of the LARGEST carbon footprints of any American and very likely 'the' largest. The other talking heads screaming Environmental Racist/Denier, are too busy flying all over the world to amazing parties and like-thinking gatherings of talking heads, that just burned tons of jet fuel in private jets for themselves, and their friends to tell you and your friends that YOU should start paying 'carbon taxes' to support their lifestyles through grants and funding's.. So folks like Justin Trudeau, can once again fly the largest contingent of doe eyed followers to another international meet and greet to brainstorm how they can lay another useless tax to support this global fraud..