The fallacy in likening climate change deniers to Holocaust deniers

Burning earth

Climate change theory predicts this future possibility.

I’m someone who knows the Holocaust happened and who believes strongly that anthropogenic global warming (“AGW”) or “climate change” is a scam driven by greed, hostility to western accomplishments, and Gaia-worship run amok.  I’ve therefore found deeply offensive the repeated charge over the past several years from the AGW crowd insisting that denying climate change is he same as Holocaust denial.

This is a charge with punch and one that is meant to shame and silence opposing views.  The Los Angeles Times, for example, refuses to print anything that challenges the AGW doctrine.  The scientific debate is over, says the LA Times, an unintentionally ironic statement that is the essence of anti-science.  In true science, of course, the debate is never over.

It was the UK’s Guardian, however, that made the light bulb go off in my head, and that helped me hone in on the central fallacy underlying the “Holocaust denial = AGW denial” school of speech suppression.  My epiphany arose when I read Nick Cohen’s recent article commenting on the fact that British politicians refuse to continue to fund “green” initiatives.  His Kübler-Ross-ian anger and heartbreak are palpable.  It was in this context that Cohen, using a punchy combination of ignorance and insult, said the following:

All of which is a long way of saying that the global warming deniers have won. And please, can I have no emails from bed-wetting kidults blubbing that you can’t call us “global warming deniers ” because “denier” makes us sound like “Holocaust deniers”, and that means you are comparing us to Nazis? The evidence for man-made global warming is as final as the evidence of Auschwitz. No other word will do.

Contrary to Cohen’s certainty that Holocaust denial is the same as AGW denial, there’s actually an easy way to see that the two are quite different, rather like comparing rotten apples to refreshingly stringent oranges.  It’s the difference between past fact and future possibility.  The one has happened, and to deny it is the work of a knave or a fool; the other might happen, but can be refuted by actual, not hypothetical, events as they unfold.

Nazi crematorium

The Nazi’s own evidence confirms this past fact.

The Holocaust is a done deal.  Between 1933 and 1945, 6 million Jews vanished from the face of the earth.  The Germans who effectuated this vanishing act kept meticulous lists, wrote boastful letters, took gloating photographs, and built gigantic necropoleis, all testifying to the bullets, gas, starvation, slavery, torture, and flames they used to make their dream a reality.

Faced with this mountain of data, which is occasionally augmented by new discoveries but is never refuted, the only way to maintain denial is to deny the immutable effect of time past.  As Shakespeare said, “What’s done cannot be undone.”  The book of the Holocaust has been written, and only those who refuse to read its pages can deny its existence.

Unlike the Holocaust, AGW is a theoretical work in progress.  It arose from predictive computer models that, so far, have been wrong in every prediction made.  It’s buttressed by weather phenomena that, rather than being unique, have happened before in cyclical historic patterns.

Take for example, Greenland, an icy island that has, for centuries, been woefully misnamed.  Now, though, Mother Nature is helping Greenland putting the truth back in its advertising, since it’s turning green.  The horror!  Or wait . . . .  It’s only “the horror” if you ignore the fact that this isn’t Greenland’s first verdant period.  It got its lush name during another global warming era, which was a time of great plenty around the world.  In other words, Greenland’s re-greening is a “horror” only if you ignore the fact that a warmer earth supports more, not less, life as has been the case with Greenland over its known history.

Unlike the Holocaust, which happened in a specific place, during a specific window of time, AGW isn’t a fixed target backed by unassailable (at least, if you’re sane) facts.  Instead, it’s a constantly moving future possibility.  No matter what happens, it can never be denied, but can only be affirmed.  In the faux-scientific AGW universe, all new data is subject to a single question:  Can this data, either served straight up or molded, twisted, and obscured, be used to support AGW?  If yes, AGW is undeniable.  If no, the data doesn’t exist.  That’s not science, that’s blind faith.

Holocaust denial is an evil act, by which one ignores the past in order to justify modern antisemitism and hostility to Israel.  AGW denial is a logical response to past predictions about future possibilities that, when compared to unfolding facts in real-time, have consistently been proven wrong.

If you want more actual data, rather than faith-based nonsense, supporting the fact that AGW’s future possibilities are becoming increasingly unlikely, please read this article and this one, both from American Thinker.

 

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    To the religious fanatics on the Gaia train, it has already happened and it will happen. It is pre ordained, as much as their Messiah Hussein was to lower the sea levels once elected.

  • Call me Lennie

    In order to forestall the possibility of Holocaust denial gaining a foothold in America, Ike ordered hundreds of thousands of American troops to go to the camps and see the horror with their own two eyes;  not so much as to  convince the soldier but to create innumerable witnesses who could refute the ideas that the newspaper stories and newsreels were faked by the Jewish controlled media.  
     
    Not only that, there were millions of photos taken of the events by American troops and by German troops, tens of thousands of which ended up in the hands of their American captors when the Germans became POWs.  My uncle had some of these photos in his personal possessions.  So any attempts to deny what happened smacked of insanity

  • Wolf Howling

    The warmies become ever more strident and provocative – as well as ever more intent on stifling heresy – as the weakness of their religion becomes more apparent.  Simply put, their entire belief system (and all of their computer model oracles) is predicated on the dogma (or The WORD) that as we pump more CO2 into the air, the earth will warm in direct ratio.  But we have been pumping huge amounts of CO2 into the air for the last 17 years and 6 months with no warming at all.  Anyone who would acknowledge that fact and its obvious ramifications would have a very reasonable basis to question the warmie religion (assuming, arguendo, it is science based rather than faith).  Thus the warmies would prefer to do anything other than acknowledge this massive problem.  And thus, the ever more strident collateral attacks and attempts to control all messaging.
     
    I take special angst with any who would bring comparisons to the holocaust.  One moment forever seared into my memory was when I visited Bergen Belsen about twenty years ago.  I remember as if it was yesterday, standing among several small plots of land, most of them 10ft by 20 ft., each with a small plaque telling of the number of people buried in that plot – ranging, as I recall, between 5,000 and 30,000.  It was coming face to face with evil and inhumanity on such a grand scale as to be difficult to comprehend.  It took my breath away at the time and still haunts me when I remember the occasion.  The sophistry and fallaciousness of comparing anything to the holocaust other than something of such like evil tells you a hundred times about the one making the charge than it does the object of their charge.

      

  • Charles Martel

    One of the most satisfying films I ever saw, though its content was horrifying, was footage of the victorious British Army forcing young SS troopers to carry the corpses of murdered Jews to mass graves. Watching those supermen carrying the stinking remains of the people they had massacred felt good. I hope the stench remained in their nostrils till the end of their lives, even if their dead souls felt nothing.
     
    It has been years since I have met any leftists whose intellects I can truly respect. Still, even they rank far above the bottom feeders who compare disputing the “science” behind AGW to the Germans’ genocide.

  • Caped Crusader

    Does it strike anyone else as strange that those who accuse climate change deniers as being like holocaust deniers are the very people among whom you would expect to find the highest percentage of actual deniers of the holocaust–kook hard core “progressives” who hate Israel? Another classic case of projection.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Meanwhile Democrats wave their hands at us, talking about how only Republicans are corrupt. Only Republicans would do something like this.
     
    http://neoneocon.com/2014/03/27/california-state-senator-leland-yee-d-wins-hypocrite-of-the-year-award/

  • Libby

    Funny how the ones calling out AGW non-believers as Nazis are the ones “joking” about the Nazi-like treatment of so-called deniers:
     
    Remember the Green Police ad? http://tinyurl.com/k6ayjy3
     
    Or the denier snuff video? http://tinyurl.com/nhs5hbr

  • Matt_SE

    The AGW crowd view themselves as modern-day Cassandras. This flatters both their eternal persecution complex and their need for power which the gift of prophesy certainly represents.
    The difference is, Cassandra was always correct.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The Gift of prophecy is not that common as the idiots think.

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