Global Warming Myths
An influential blog that is written by attorneys whose articles also have appeared in National Review, The Weekly Standard and The American Enterprise has picked a professor from Austria for its “Green Weenie of the Year” award, for advocating that those who reject a belief in global warming be, well, killed.
“The winner of Power Line’s coveted first annual Green Weenie of the Year Award goes to Prof. Richard Parncutt of the University of Graz, Austria,” the organization announced on Christmas Day.
“He actually thinks global warming ‘deniers’ deserve more harsh treatment than Behring Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer who killed 77 people in 2011 (in a country with tough gun control, incidentally),” wrote Steven Hayward.
He’s the Thomas Smith Distinguished Fellow at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ohio, and he directs the new honors program in political economy. He’s also the William Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Public Policy.
He cites the writings of Parncutt, who later took down his writing and substituted a new version that said, “Please note that I am not directly suggesting that the threat of execution be carried out. I am simply presenting a logical argument.”
But in the original, quoted by Hayward, Parncutt wrote, “In this article I am going to suggest that the death penalty is an appropriate punishment for influential G[lobal] W[warming] deniers.”
He wrote, “GW deniers fall into a completely different category from Behring Breivik. They are already causing the deaths of hundreds of millions of future people. We could be speaking of billions, but I am making a conservative estimate…”
He continued with his explanation that while Breivik, the mass murder, should not face the death penalty, “GW is different. With the high probability it will cause hundreds of millions of deaths. For this reason I propose that the death penalty is appropriate for influential GW deniers. More generally, I propose that we limit the death penalty to people whose actions will with a high probability cause millions of future deaths … the death penalty is an appropriate punishment for GW deniers who are so influential that one million future deaths can with high probability to traced to their personal actions.”
Wrote Hayward, “Parncutt, a professor of the psychology of music (really) thinks himself a green version of John Rawls apparently, and posted his extensive case for why the death penalty for climate skeptics would be fully just on his blog… Now that the post actually got read, he’s taken it down, but not before several screen shots were made to preserve it for digital posterity.”
WND reported recently that Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., had a warning for Americans: that if “green” agenda campaigners get their way, the biggest tax increase ever could soon be coming out of Washington.