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By Ed Driscoll · July 7, 2006 08:58 AM · Bobos In Paradise · The Future and its Enemies

In Jonah Goldberg's recent op-ed about Al Gore's claims that man-made "global warming" represents a equivalent horror to the Holocaust, Goldberg wrote that if Gore is going to make that sort of comparison, then he must do everything in his power to prevent such a catastrophe from occurring:

Gore is both serious and consistent on this point. In his 1992 book Earth in the Balance, he wrote that “today the evidence of an ecological Kristallnacht is as clear as the sound of glass shattering in Berlin.” He repeatedly refers to the unfolding “ecological holocaust” and invokes Martin Niemoller’s famous quote (“When the Nazis came for the Communists, I remained silent; I was not a Communist. ... When they came for the Jews, I did not speak out; I was not a Jew. ...”) to label himself and other environmentalists “the new resistance.”

In An Inconvenient Truth and in interviews, Gore sticks to his guns. He quotes Churchill’s warning about the gathering storm of fascism and declares: “The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place we are entering a period of consequence.”

In interviews, Gore calls global-warming skeptics “deniers” with an acid surely intended to conjure comparison to Holocaust deniers.

Of course, Gore isn’t alone. The people of good will who raise relevant and sober-minded questions about global-warming scaremongering are subjected to vicious character assassination on a daily basis. Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes recently asked why he should interview skeptics of the new environmental groupthink: “If I do an interview with Elie Wiesel, am I required as a journalist to find a Holocaust denier?”

There’s no need to revisit the arguments about the science of global warming. Let’s give Gore et al. the benefit of the doubt and stipulate that they’re right about their worst-case scenario hysteria. Let’s also give them the benefit of the doubt that they actually believe global warming is the moral equivalent of the Holocaust.

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I know I’ll hear from all sorts of angry readers for taking Gore’s position to the extreme. But this has it backwards. I’m merely taking Gore’s extreme position seriously. We have lots of debates over the factual soundness of environmental extremism but nearly none on the moral soundness of environmental extremism. Once you compare a problem to the Holocaust — even remotely — you’ve lost your moral wiggle room. No politician, indeed no responsible person in this country, would endorse a comedic cartoon about genocide, never mind take their kids to it. Give PETA credit. While it repugnantly compares the raising of chickens and cattle to Auschwitz, the organization at least has the courage of its convictions, and protests virtually everything that treats animals as anything less than people.

Environmentalists like Gore who invoke the Holocaust are too afraid to follow through. They want all the credit for denouncing what they consider a moral horror, but they’re unwilling actually to face the real consequences of their rhetoric. I don’t believe global warming is akin to the Holocaust. But if I did, I’d like to think I’d have more courage about it than Gore is showing.

Gore is a prominent senior advisor to Google. Shouldn't he be doing everything he can to block--at the very least speaking out vociferously--this further step on the path (actually flight path, in this case) to Hell?



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