Buckley: Global Warming Hysteria Reminiscent of Inquisition

Bill Buckley has a great syndicated column out today on how the global warming crusade is really getting out of hand:

The heavy condemnatory breathing on the subject of global warming
outdoes anything since high moments of the Inquisition. A respectable
columnist (Thomas Friedman of The New York Times) opened his essay last
week by writing, "Sometimes you read something about this
administration that's just so shameful it takes your breath away."

What asphyxiated this critic was the discovery that a White House
official had edited "government climate reports to play up uncertainty
of a human role in global warming." The correspondent advises that the
culprit had been an oil-industry lobbyist before joining the
administration, and on leaving it he took a job with Exxon Mobil.

For those with addled reflexes, here is the story compressed: (1)
Anyone who speaks discriminatingly about global warming is conspiring
to belittle the threat. Such people end up (2) working for Exxon Mobil,
a perpetrator of the great threat the malefactor sought to distract us
from.

I'd guess that, in the current mood, I should enter the datum that
my father was in the oil business. But having done that, I think it
fair to ask: Are we invited to assume that anyone who works in a
business that generates greenhouse gases (a) is complicit in the
global-warming problem, and (b) should resign and seek work elsewhere?
One recalls the plant in Nazi Germany that manufactured the toxic gas
Zyklon B. The primary use of this gas was in the extermination camps,
whose masters were looking for efficient ways to destroy human beings.
Is the community engaged in oil production the contemporary equivalent
of the makers of Zyklon B?

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Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield, creator of NewsBusters and president of Dialog New Media, an internet marketing and design firm, left NewsBusters at the end of 2013