Lefty Scientist: Jail Pols Who Deny Global Warming; PBS Host Worries There's Lack of Prison Space

Left-wing extremism has a home at PBS – and that home, to be specific, is the set of Moyers & Company. Host Bill Moyers kicked off Sunday’s episode with a flashback to the previous week’s broadcast, in which scientist and environmental activist David Suzuki had announced that he believes society should literally punish politicians who don’t believe in global warming.

This is what Suzuki told Moyers:


Our politicians should be thrown in the slammer for willful blindness. If we are in a position of being able to act, and we see something going on and we refuse to acknowledge the threat or act on it, we can be taken to court for willful blindness. I think that we are being willfully blind to the consequences for our children and grandchildren. It's an intergenerational crime.
 

Sane people can see the major problem with such a suggestion. It would be completely un-American to jail anyone, let alone politicians, for what amounts to political dissent. Such a move would be reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984, not a first-world democracy like ours. And even if it's said simply in jest, it's hardly a joking matter to say a dissenting point of view merits imprisonment.  

However, Moyers didn’t see the sheer radicalism of Suzuki’s plan as a problem. He saw a different problem, and he explained it to his audience:
 

The problem is, if that should happen, if politicians were to be convicted of willful blindness to the fate of the Earth and future generations, there would have to be mass arrests and lots more funding for new prisons. We're not talking about a mere handful of culprits. It's hard even to know where to start.
 

Ah, of course, the logistics would trip us up. We don’t have enough prison space in this country for all of the skeptics, and we probably don’t have enough police officers to make all the arrests, either. I guess that’s all that’s preventing us from carrying out this brilliant scheme.

As for Suzuki, he's has been pushing this crackpot idea for years. As the late Noel Sheppard documented, he also called for the jailing of skeptical politicians in at least two speeches in 2008. Six years later, you and I are subsidizing the airing of that radical idea with our tax dollars.

Below is a transcript of the segment:

 

BILL MOYERS: Welcome. Last week, the scientist David Suzuki was here to tell us what he thinks should happen to politicians who ignore or deny evidence that the Earth is heating up.

DAVID SUZUKI: Our politicians should be thrown in the slammer for willful blindness. If we are in a position of being able to act, and we see something going on and we refuse to acknowledge the threat or act on it, we can be taken to court for willful blindness. I think that we are being willfully blind to the consequences for our children and grandchildren. It's an intergenerational crime.

MOYERS: The problem is, if that should happen, if politicians were to be convicted of willful blindness to the fate of the Earth and future generations, there would have to be mass arrests and lots more funding for new prisons. We're not talking about a mere handful of culprits. It's hard even to know where to start. Perhaps with Marco Rubio, Republican senator from Florida. Back when he was a state legislator, Rubio favored cutting carbon emissions that contribute to global warming. But now he's thinking about running for president in 2016 and has changed his tune, as ABC's Jonathan Karl learned this past weekend.

SEN. MARCO RUBIO: I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it. That's what I do not. And I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it. Except, it will destroy our economy.

Paul Bremmer
Paul Bremmer is a Media Research Center News Analysis Division intern.