Saturday, December 1, 2012

Global Warming and Censorship

Over at Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds quoted the following from Hayek's Road to Serfdom:
Everything which might cause doubt about the wisdom of the government or create discontent will be kept from the people. The basis of unfavorable comparisons with elsewhere, the knowledge of possible alternatives to the course actually taken, information which might suggest failure on the part of the government to live up to its promises or to take advantage of opportunities to improve conditions–all will be suppressed. There is consequently no field where the systematic control of information will not be practiced and uniformity of views not enforced.
Then, at Weasel Zippers, there was a link to this story from Politico:
Senate Democrats used an emotionally charged hearing Thursday on the effects of Hurricane Sandy to make an aggressive attack on climate change deniers in and out of Congress.
At a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing featuring sometimes tearful reports from lawmakers representing East Coast states, some panel Democrats suggested putting customary congressional collegiality on the back burner to push more forcefully for mitigating climate change.

“There is a new normal of new extremes and we have to be prepared for it,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said. “And the reason we have this new normal of new extremes is because global climate change is happening and is real. And we’ve tolerated the deniers for far too long in this body.”
Whitehouse criticized “a rear-guard action in this building led by polluters” against taking action on climate change.
“But we have to face the fact that the deniers are wrong. They are just plain dead wrong,” he said. “And we have to deal with that, and I think some of the courtesies that we have given to one another collegially really have to yield to the fact that some of the things that are being said in the Senate, and occasionally regrettably in this committee chamber, are just plain wrong.”
Of course, it is Whitehouse that is wrong. Global warming was not responsible for Sandy. Even global warming "scientists" acknowledge that there has not been global warming for 16 years. It is a hoax intended to enrich and empower a handful of the wealthy and powerful by impoverishing the Western middle-class, and denying the benefits of industrialization to Third-World countries. Whitehouse and his ilk are nothing more than corrupt tyrants.

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