Climate change denial worse than Holocaust denial?
Dust jacket of the book Mein Kampf, written by Adolf Hitler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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."