Time for Show Trials

I wish I could come up with something insightful to say about this, but I'm drawing a blank. I had thought the issue of show trials for heresy had been settled, but once again I've been proven wrong. From the Guardian, here are the latest ramblings from Chief Defender of the Faith James Hansen:

James Hansen, one of the world's leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and cancer.

Hansen will use the symbolically charged 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking speech (pdf) to the US Congress - in which he was among the first to sound the alarm over the reality of global warming - to argue that radical steps need to be taken immediately if the "perfect storm" of irreversible climate change is not to become inevitable.

Speaking before Congress again, he will accuse the chief executive officers of companies such as ExxonMobil and Peabody Energy of being fully aware of the disinformation about climate change they are spreading.

In an interview with the Guardian he said: "When you are in that kind of position, as the CEO of one the primary players who have been putting out misinformation even via organisations that affect what gets into school textbooks, then I think that's a crime."

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Okay as long as it's just grandstanding

People say things. For now, James Hansen is just proving what a jackass he is.

Burn the heretics - could happen

A commenter over at Econlog has pointed out a worrying parallel with the successful prosecution of tobacco:

Is this post meant to imply that the decisions against the tobacco companies were based neither in fact nor law? Because it's my understanding that, as the article says, the rationale of these climate lawsuits are of the same essential nature (proving a conspiracy recklessly tried to deceive the public), and thus strictly speaking if they can do so the law is probably on their side.

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200806/conspiracy

New Inquisition

This article in the Wall street Journal points out the connections between political ideology,religion and the global warming controversy. Given these observation an inquisition,witch hunt or similar bout of persecution is not surprising.

Dave