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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Enemies of the people?

Republican [gubernatorial candidate] Gary Herbert is a global warming denier:

I’ve heard people argue on both sides of the issue, people I have a high regard for. People say man’s impact is minimal, if at all, so it appears to me the science is not necessarily conclusive. [Deseret News, 6/16/09
Governors Races: Losing The Western Climate Initiative

Galileo suffered at the hands of the mainstream philosophers and ultimately the church. He was condemned for heresy, his books were banned, and he was placed under house arrest for the rest of his life in 1633.

While today's climate scientists like Dr. James Hansen and Dr Michael Mann are not under house arrest, their reputations have been attacked relentlessly by the denier crowd.

Then as now, the common people relied on the mainstream for their information. Then as now, they were mislead or deceived.

The 'science is not conclusive' mime was used to keep people smoking for decades. How many died? Did anybody go to prison for it?

In this case, climate change, the potential for mass death, human and otherwise is unprecedented. These people are asking to be elected leaders. Shouldn't some responsibility go along with that? Shouldn't they be held to a higher standard? Shouldn't they be held accountable for the damage done because they prevented progress toward a sustainable future?

History is rife with mainstream resisting new science.
  • Sister Kenny and her polio treatments
  • Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes and his hand washing regimen.
  • Alfred Lothar Wegener and continental drift
Another analogy is the play Enemy of the People.

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