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Adam Weinstein V Alan Weinstein: Polluting Gawker And The World With Dad’s Boat Engines

by | 28th, March 2014

ADAM Weinstein says Climate change deniers should be “arrested”. He says so on Gawker :

We have laws on the books to punish anyone whose lies contribute to people’s deaths.

Contributing to deaths seems to include creating pollution, as the picture by his story implies.

 

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He adds:

Attempts to deceive the public on climate change, and to consequently block any public policy to tackle it, contribute to roughly 150,000 deaths a year already…

You all know that man. That man is an idiot. He is too stupid to do anything other than choke the earth’s atmosphere a little more with his Mr. Pibb burps and his F-150’s gassy exhaust. Few of us believers in climate change can do much more—or less—than he can…

There is a lot we can do societally, now, not just in terms of reducing our contributions to the global climate’s maladies but in terms of preparing for its effects: rising seas and temperatures. Changes in crops and food supplies. Increased population density and disease. There is a chance to make society safer and smarter.

A journalist who says free speech should be clamped down on, that people who challenge a popular view should be arrested, does not understand the hard won freedoms that allow him to write. Freedom of speech and of the press are indivisible liberties.

The next time a Gawker writer claims that they are radicals, rebels or freedom fighters, remind them that one of their own demanded that free thought be quashed by the State.

Weinstein adds:

…if you are actively trying to deny people the tools they need to inform themselves, to protect themselves against a scientifically proven threat to life and limb, you shouldn’t be part of the debate. You should be punished for your self-serving malice.

Got that? If you say the unsayable and go against the all-powerful scientists whose word must be unchallenged fact and law you should not be heard. That’s the direct opposite of what should happen. You should be part of the debate. And that debate should be open and free. The science should be challenged.

Weinstein’s illiberal call is fundamentally conservative, his another voice demanding we believe in

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