Calls To Imprison “Climate Change Deniers” Grow In The Wake Of Hurricane Irma

Dr. Judith Curry

Dr. Judith Curry

When retired Georgia Tech professor Judith Curry penned a blog post on her “Climate Etc.” website suggesting that it was scientifically irresponsible to tie the intensity of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma directly to climate change, she probably didn’t expect that she might trigger 1,000’s of progressives to call for her immediate imprisonment.

Unfortunately, for both Curry and society at large, that is exactly what happened.

Here is part of Curry’s post that potentially resulted in this latest ‘mass-triggering’ event:

It is premature to conclude that human activities–and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming–have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity. That said, human activities may have already caused changes that are not yet detectable due to the small magnitude of the changes or observational limitations, or are not yet confidently modeled (e.g., aerosol effects on regional climate).

As the Washington Times notes, Curry’s comments only served to further enrage Al Gore’s climate change crusaders who promptly ramped up their calls to imprison anyone with the audacity to present any data and/or question, in any way, climate models which should be accepted as proven fact…even though they’re subjective and highly sensitive any number of input variables.

That is the kind of talk that could get policymakers who heed her research hauled before the justice system if some of those in the climate change movement have their way.

“Climate change denial should be a crime,” declared the Sept. 1 headline in the Outline. Mark Hertsgaard argued in a Sept. 7 article in the Nation, titled “Climate Denialism Is Literally Killing Us,” that “murder is murder” and “we should punish it as such.”

The suggestion that those who run afoul of the climate change consensus, in particular, government officials, should face charges comes with temperatures flaring over the link between hurricanes and greenhouse gas emissions.

“In the wake of Harvey, it’s time to treat science denial as gross negligence — and hold those who do the denying accountable,” said the subhead in the Outline article, written by Brian Merchant.

Brad Johnson, executive director of Climate Hawks Vote, posted last week on Twitter a set of “climate disaster response rules,” the third of which was to “put officials who reject science in jail.”

And while we’re not sure if imprisonment is the right punishment, it does seem a bit outrageous for a Georgia Tech climate scientist to challenge the opinions of both the Pope and Sir Richard Branson on climate change...who does she think she is?

Meanwhile, Pope Francis said the two Category 4 storms offer proof of catastrophic climate change, even though they are the first two major hurricanes to make landfall on the U.S. mainland in 12 years.

“You can see the effects of climate change with your own eyes, and scientists tell us clearly the way forward,” said the pontiff, adding that leaders have a “moral responsibility” to take action.

“Man-made climate change is contributing to increasingly strong hurricanes causing unprecedented damage,” Mr. Branson said in a Friday statement. “The whole world should be scrambling to get on top of the climate change issue before it is too late for this generation, let alone the generations to come.”

Of course, while we would never question the opinions of the Pope and/or a Knight, we do find the following chart on U.S. hurricane strikes by decade to be somewhat perplexing.  Why, for example, were U.S. hurricane strikes above average for almost every decade between 1870 and 1950 before declining in the 1950s through 2000?

If hurricane frequency can suddenly be linked directly to climate change in 2017, shouldn’t it have produced similarly alarming hurricanes in the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s?  If we’re not mistaken, CO2 output has pretty much consistently risen since man first started building fires…

Of course, maybe the extreme weather events have simply shifted away from the U.S. and global hurricane strikes are the more relevant metric…except not…

Oh well, we probably just don’t understand the math…

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Comments (12)

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    Spurwing Plover

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    So now will all those who reject the false new age religion of Enviromentalism be consitered enemies of the Eco-Militants and the Greenshirts will being a climate change skeptic get you sent to a Concentration camp?Gulag in some part of the world Well how soon will they throw us to the monsters becuase we refuse to worship in the Church of Gaia and leave offerings to their Earth Godess the eco-wackos worship during their earthday celebrations and woill they replace Christmas,Thanksgiving and Easter with Earthday and Burning Man Day

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      JayPee

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      GREENSHIRT

      Great allusion.

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    Sonnyhill

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    With her knowledge, credentials and even-handed reasoning, Judith Curry is a threat to the Warmists.
    Funny that someone as intelligent as Richard Branson talks openly about global warming but he never mentions the role of alarmism in the Socialists’ end game.

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    JayPee

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    How about if we imprison people
    who fraudulently take gov’t grant money
    with no proof nor probable cause
    to receive it !
    Btw
    This would include
    ALL
    gov’t funding receiving alarmists .

    All of Them !

    They’re all receiving gov’t money
    AND
    haven’t an IOTA of proof to
    Stand On !

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    Frank Gue

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    Date: 13 Sept 17
    By: Frank Gue, B.Sc., MBA, P.Eng.,
    Professional Engineer,
    2252 Joyce St., Burlington, ON L7R 2B5, 905 634 9538
    For: The editors, The Spec., Hamilton
    Re: “Republicans in denial”? Sept. 13, p. A11

    Dear Editors:

    This article calls climate change skeptics “deniers”, but
    is itself a denier. To accomplish this clever trick of
    contradicting itself, the Washington Post (WAPO)
    cunningly suppresses the huge hidden assumption
    behind their “denier” pejorative, which is that MAN-MADE
    climate change is settled science, which it isn’t.

    An example of the bad science behind “man-made climate
    change” is CO2, an essential component of all
    life including ours. In fact we likely need more of it.
    Reduce pollution, yes, but reduce CO2, no. We em-
    phatically do not have a link between climate change
    and human-generated CO2.

    Pedlars of bad science like Michael Mann are quoted
    supporting this unproven man-made climate change
    hypothesis. Natural phenomena like sea level rise are
    dragged in as proof of it, when actually the sea level is
    simply rising an inch per century, as it has been for
    thousands of years.

    Further, we should note that the climate change industry
    yields nice personal profits for its promoters, such as writers
    of columns like “Republicans in denial?”.

    It is difficult to connect these dots into a picture
    that warrants calling skeptics of man-made climate change
    “deniers”, particularly when WAPO itself denies much.

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    Sonnyhill

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    The Hamilton Spectator is the Canadian equivalent of Pravda . Hamilton, Ontario is a grimy socialist stronghold. Frank Gue is a rare specimen in the neighborhood, a brave man armed with the truth.

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    Moose

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    These green lunatics need to get a grip on life. Those are the ones that should be put in jail for reducing CO2, which the source of life on the planet. Without it life would cease to exist. Thats murder, and we should treat it as such!

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Put all these enviromental militants on a highway clean up get them to clean up all those granola bar wrappers and into parks to pick up all those apple cores and orange rinds and get them to clean up after a Earthday Rally or a Iseful Iidots Climate March its just too bad they did,nt make the Standing Rock protesters clean up the mess they left behind

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    R. Johnson

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    It should strike a chord of doubt in your mind about the climate change false religion when Al Gore, Richard Branson, the Pope and all the media whores support such a dubious mindset. A religion with temple whores is not a religion–it’s just a straight up whorehouse.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    We all know by now that Red Ted Turners crappy show Captian PLanet and the Planeteers was a leftists propeganda program aimed at school kids just like Network Earth and National Geographic Explorer

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    G

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    Could anyone imagine the sheer outrage that would exist if part of the conservative movement seriously suggested that its ideological opposition should be marched off to jail?…

    JACKBOOTED BROWNSHIRTS!
    NAZIS!
    FASCISTS!

    Meanwhile, who’s wearing black hoodies with masks… Who’s swinging sticks… Who’s starting street fires, Who’s destroying private property, Who’s denying free speech?

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    G

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    For liberals this is a cancer from within that is quickly going metastatic, and they are still denying that they have a problem whatsoever.

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