Free Speech and Climate Change

On Gristmill David Roberts, staff writer, wrote about the climate change “denial industry”:

“When we’ve finally gotten serious about global warming, when the impacts are really hitting us and we’re in a full worldwide scramble to minimize the damage, we should have war crimes trials for these bastards — some sort of climate Nuremberg.”

Here is one of the comments to his post, by GreenFedayeen,

Uniforms?
Please, we cannot look weak here. We must begin the Inquisition and soon. Our Messiah says that we have less than ten years to save Gaia, Mother of All, True Center of the Univers. Do you guys have uniforms, yet?

Now David Roberts backtracks without apologizing (“I’ve come to think that it’s inappropriate”),

“…the Nuremberg trials resulted in executions. I’m opposed to state-sanctioned execution in all cases, but would certainly never advocate it merely for the crime of being a lying scumbag.”

So if you disagree with the Gristmill party line, you are a “lying scumbag”? This is how we should discuss scientific evidence?

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