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Climate change denial worse than Holocaust denial?

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Micha Tomkiewicz, a professor at Brooklyn College determined not to "let the deniers win again," equated opponents of global warming policies with supporters wrote on Earth Day 2012.  "But what about climate change deniers? Can we really compare the two, the Holocaust and climate change?"

"We are now painfully aware that the Holocaust deniers were dead wrong and that there was a planned systematic genocide," Tomkiewicz, author of Climate Change: The End of Now, wrote on Earth Day 2012.  "But what about climate change deniers? Can we really compare the two, the Holocaust and climate change?"

Answer: Yes, he argues. "Despite the fact that Hitler published the first volume of his manifesto, Mein Kampf, in 1925, where he laid out his philosophy, he was, nevertheless, democratically elected as German Chancellor in 1933," Tomkiewicz explained. "Few people believed in 1933 that he would seriously try to accomplish what he preached or anticipated the consequences that resulted from his actions."

He believes that the evidence for climate change is as obvious as the evidence that Hitler planned genocide and war. "Although there was evidence available – Hitler was clear about what he wanted to do in Mein Kampf – why did people not pay attention?" he asks, rhetorically.  "These 'deniers' might as well have been called skeptics in their day."

The professor did not address the growing body of evidence that climate scientists have vastly overstated the science behind their ideas. As climate change scientist Peter Thorne of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration wrote in a private email to Phil Jones, one of the lead United Nations officials on climate change, in 2005: "I also think the science is being manipulated to put a political spin on it which for all our sakes might not be too clever in the long run."

Tomkiewicz argues that people insufficiently afraid of global warming -- opponents of cap and trade legislation presumably fit the bill -- are making an even worse error than voting for Hitler.

"[W]e are talking about the potential genocide of billions of people," he said."[I]t’s clear that once we pass a critical point in the ability of the planet to adapt to the accumulation of greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere, the consequences amount to global suicide – a self-inflicted genocide."

Tomkiewicz believes he has the right to invoke the Holocaust while denouncing global warming skeptics because he survived the Holocaust himself. Born in 1939 in Warsaw, Poland, his family was sent to a concentration camp in 1943 before being liberated by American forces in 1945.

He believes that the evidence for climate change is as obvious as the evidence that Hitler planned genocide and war. "Although there was evidence available – Hitler was clear about what he wanted to do in Mein Kampf – why did people not pay attention?" he asks, rhetorically.  "These 'deniers' might as well have been called skeptics in their day."

Brooklyn College did not immediately comment on the topic. "Unfortunately, we need to ascertain a few things before giving you a concise answer regarding this matter," Brooklyn College  Public Relations Officer Ernesto Mora told College Campus Reform in response to questions about the pieces.

 

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