Al Gore: Global Warming Deniers Should Be Treated Like Racists

So then, being skeptical of the hysterics from proponents of human-caused global warming is like bigotry? Speaking out against the notion that we can control climate trends by controlling human activity is hate speech?

That’s the logical conclusion from these sort of comments. And while it may make Al Gore to see his ideological opponents silenced, those of us who prefer a free and open exchange of ideas should find it reprehensible.

One day climate change skeptics will be seen in the same negative light as racists, at least so says former Vice President Al Gore. …

“I remember, again going back to my early years in the South, when the Civil Rights revolution was unfolding, there were two things that really made an impression on me,” Gore said. “My generation watched Bull Connor turning the hose on civil rights demonstrators and we went, ‘Whoa! How gross and evil is that?’ My generation asked old people, ‘Explain to me again why it is okay to discriminate against people because their skin color is different?’ And when they couldn’t really answer that question with integrity, the change really started.”

The former vice president recalled how society succeeded in marginalizing racists and said climate change skeptics must be defeated in the same manner.

“Secondly, back to this phrase ‘win the conversation,’” he continued. “There came a time when friends or people you work with or people you were in clubs with — you’re much younger than me so you didn’t have to go through this personally — but there came a time when racist comments would come up in the course of the conversation and in years past they were just natural. Then there came a time when people would say, ‘Hey, man why do you talk that way, I mean that is wrong. I don’t go for that so don’t talk that way around me. I just don’t believe that.’ That happened in millions of conversations and slowly the conversation was won.”

In other words, Al Gore thinks people who disagree with him on climate change are like racists. But that’s not surprising.

As push back from skeptics has made serious inroads into Gore’s supposed “global warming consensus” Gore himself has increasingly become shrill in response, and has wanted to declare the debate over. But that’s like a baseball manager wanting to declare the game over in the 7th inning when he has the lead.

That’s not how it works, especially in America where even racists have free speech rights.

Meanwhile, according to Gore, it’s the global warming skeptics who would lie about the issue to benefit themselves. The proponents of Gore’s zealotry? They’d never do such a thing.

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