‘Power of ridicule’ – New weapon against climate deniers
SAN JOSE, Calif. — As President Obama readies his program to curb greenhouse gases, climate change action advocates are rolling out a new strategy for controlling verbal emissions by climate change deniers — turning allies of Big Oil and Big Coal into national laughingstocks.Flashback: Mark Steyn on Michael Mann's lawyer's last celebrity client, Joe Camel: "they put him in a suit and got rid of the hump – in much the same way that the “hockey stick” graph got rid of the hump of the Medieval Warm Period. Coincidence? Hmm."
“The power of ridicule should be deployed here,” said Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. “You have to get to the point where a major candidate for public office is disqualified when he or she denies climate science.” Schatz was speaking to the annual Netroots Nation conference of progressive bloggers.
“Some of the very same scientists who are denying the human causes of climate change were denying health impacts of tobacco years ago,” said Dr. Michael Mann, who heads the Earth System Climate Center at Penn State University. Mann notes that R.J. Reynolds spent $70 million to create a cancer-questioning institute.