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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

When Are We Prosecuting Anti-Nuclear Activists?

James Hansen wants to prosecute people who have hindered the fight against global warming:

James Hansen, one of the world's leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and cancer.
So … what should we do about anti-nuclear activists? There's a minor problem with the most appropriate punishment. At the present costs of natural resources, such a punishment might put a strain on the nation's dwindling tar and feather supplies.

Query: If I accused James Hansen of acting like a showman, would he accuse me of shouting “theater” in a raging fire?

Addendum: On the other hand, prosecuting anti-nuclear activists sounds like a crackpot idea, almost as nuts as prosecuting energy executives. It resembles number 36 on the Crackpot Index:

40 points for claiming that when your theory is finally appreciated, present-day science will be seen for the sham it truly is. (30 more points for fantasizing about show trials in which scientists who mocked your theories will be forced to recant.)
On the gripping hand, I suspect that anti-nuclear activists have been planning their own show trials.

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