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  •  Crimes against humanity (11+ / 0-)

    I think it was Hansen who first said it in 2008.

    "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."
    In 2010  Donald Brown is associate professor in environmental ethics, science and law at Penn State University, picked up the issue yet again.
    The corporations that have funded the sowing of doubt on this issue are clearly doing this because they see greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategies as adversely affecting their financial interests.

    This might be understood as a new type of crime against humanity. Scepticism in science is not bad, but sceptics must play by the rules of science including publishing their conclusions in peer-reviewed scientific journals and not make claims that are not substantiated by the peer-reviewed literature. The need for responsible scepticism is particularly urgent if misinformation from sceptics could lead to great harm.

    We may not have a word for this type of crime yet, but the international community should find a way of classifying extraordinarily irresponsible scientific claims that could lead to mass suffering as some type of crime against humanity.

    “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

    by se portland on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 08:25:47 AM PDT

    •  I don't think our side is quite yet prepared (3+ / 0-)
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      se portland, maryabein, flowerfarmer

      to accept how ruthless and punitive a regulatory regime is going to be required to actually solve the problem. And, of course, the wrong wing screech monkey will go berserk howling that locking up the CEO of Exxon-Mobil or the Koch brothers is tyranny, eco-fascism, blah, blah.

      Democratic Party leaders are not going to make the arguments that will prepare the public, either. We're going to have to do it. The blogs shall lead the way.

      You read it here first.

      A conservative is a scab for the oligarchy.

      by NBBooks on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:36:07 AM PDT

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