Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

November 28, 2009

The Disgusting Use of "Denialist" by Warming Advocates Trivializes the Holocaust

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 9:02 am

Nothing in the climate debate which I’ve been paying sporadic attention to is more repulsive than the global warming advocates’ attempt to smear skeptics of their theories and models and predictions as “denialists.” As if they were some analog of holocaust deniers.

Not all those concerned about climate change use the term. (Some stick to a sneering use of “skeptics” as a stigmatizing word, as if science itself wasn’t an ongoing process of skepticism about received wisdom. Copernicus was a skeptic about the idea the sun revolved around the earth. He wasn’t a “solar denialist.”)

But nothing causes me more revulsion — and skepticism — than the warming advocates’ (I think the CRU scandal — and the shameful reaction to it — has revealed many of the most celebrated of them to be more p.r. advocates than scrupulous scientists) application of the opprobrious term “denialist” to anyone who questions the work they have so assiduously screened from scrutiny.

When I started paying attention again to the controversy after the release of the pathetic CRU e-mails, I noticed the most desperate of the last ditch defenders of the CRU charlatans — and indeed the CRU charlatans themselves — would resort to calling any of those who disagreed “denialists.” That the use of “denialist” had grown as the failure of their predictions (the discredited “hockey stick” chart) increased.

To me that shameful, trivializing word use alone is more exposure than any e-mail could be of their lack of critical intelligence of the sort that makes them unfit to call themselves scientists, or, in the case of many of their “green journalist” sycophants, ignorant of how actual science works.

Are they really so stupid they can’t see the difference? Let me try to explain it in simple terms for them: The holocaust happened. Already. It’s history. Up to six million were exterminated. They’re gone and their families still mourn. Climate scientists show us graphs and charts and predictions of terrible things that will happen (but have not or may not) because of human perpetrators. Unfortunately, many of their predictions have not come true. Others are based on (we now know) flawed or terminally tweaked models and dishonestly skewed data sets. There is doubt, there is room for skepticism. There may be warming, but it may not be caused or curable by man. So you see, denying every tenet of anthropogenic global warming is not the same as denying the Holocaust. Get it?



  1. Indeed the term does trivialize the Holocaust, but this is part of a long history of the Left trying to label all of Conservatism as “Nazis.”

    In the late 60’s and early 70’s “Nazi” was applied to anyone wearing a uniform – but most especially those wearing the uniforms of the military forces that actually defeated the Nazis.

    In the 90’s “Genocide” became a label for all sorts of counter-revolutionary crimes the Left opposed. I especially recall a homosexual describing the failure to develop human cloning techniques as “Genocide” since it was preventing him from cloning himself to create his own child.

    So this is nothing new. No one called them on it back then – or even laughed in their faces – so they are continuing a winning technique.

    Comment by RWE — November 28, 2009 @ 10:02 am | Reply

  2. I must say I’m a bit shocked that you have written a pretty decent(though thoroughly based on self serving beliefs) about this whole issue.

    The fact that you neglect to mention the fact that similar “science/scientific methods” were used in both creating the science of the “evil” jews and global cooling/warming. Is a bit of a let down.

    Much of hitlers research was based on a very similar scientific method of choosing the data that they wanted to fit the “scientific consensus” at the time… much as its done with global warming currently.

    In fact whats even scarier is the fact that hitlers “research” into the “evil” jew is about 100x more detailed and based in science then global warming is… and yet ppl believe in global warming and that we must enslave most of the planet to “fix” this “problem”.

    In the end holocaust “terms” should… no really must be used in the debate… because ppl who believe in global warming are no different then those who enabled the “science” of the “evil” jews to be unquestionable.

    Those who support global warming do wish in the end run to bring about another holocaust just on a much larger scale.

    Comment by robotech master — November 28, 2009 @ 11:01 am | Reply

  3. The Global Warming Consensus emerged among the elites after 9/11 as a masochistic displacement, a denial of evil. Because the Liberals deny the existence of Evil, believing that all moral questions are relativistic, they spread their guilt over all of us in the form of the bogus Green Movement. Blaming the rest of us absolves them of any responsibility to seeking the truth, Way to go, Ron!!

    Comment by charlie finch — November 28, 2009 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

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  5. It is my impression that the people who use the term “denialists” to condemn AGW sceptics are the same people who use the term “denialists” to condemn “Holocaust” skeptics except for the rare members of AGW sceptics community that are also “Holocaust” sceptics. Naturally, the members of the AGW sceptics community do not want the “denialist” label to stick to them. After all, becoming a “denialist” wins one a prison term in many countries if one applies a little healthy scepticism to the claims Mr. Rosenbaum purports to be true.

    Comment by Robert Reis — November 29, 2009 @ 4:47 am | Reply

  6. i was rather stunned last night to see that some AGW “believers” are now claiming that not only are AGW skeptics “equivalent to Holocaust deniers”, but that AGW skepticism is “most common” with groups that are anti-Semitic.

    How much of this is the result of the AGW “faithful” actually doing research on the likes of Stormfront, etc., and how much is just wishful thinking on their part I’m not qualified to say. I just note the statements.

    But I do say this; I am, personally, becoming increasingly convinced that at least some of the AGW cultists are very close to completely taking leave of their senses, i.e., are bordering on that mental state once quaintly described as “plain nuts”.

    If this doesn’t worry you, it should. As for myself, to paraphrase Wellington’s remarks on reviewing his troops, I don’t know if this lot worries most people, but by G-d they frighten me.

    clear ether


    Comment by eon — November 29, 2009 @ 5:00 am | Reply

  7. IMO: It is widespread, right down to Sienfeld’s “Soup Nazi”… all of these “pop-culture” expressions minimise the horror of the Holocaust.

    Comment by Steven — November 29, 2009 @ 5:23 am | Reply

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  9. The left will stoop to anything in the service of the agenda. So what’s new? See the Stuart Varney interview with a thespian/activist on YouTube to see the spit-flying hysteria at its best.

    Comment by Banjo — November 29, 2009 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

  10. “Up to six million were exterminated.”

    You don’t need the “up to.” Actually, about 6 million people were exterminated because they were Jews. And about 5 million more were exterminated for other reasons, most because they were Slav (notably, 3 million non-Jewish Poles), Gypsy (aka Roma), communist, socialist, Jehovah’s Witness, mentally or physically disabled, or homosexual.

    Comment by DWPittelli — November 29, 2009 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

  11. So I’m guessing Ron didn’t dig Inglourious Basterds…

    Comment by MonkeyShines — November 29, 2009 @ 6:33 pm | Reply

  12. Good for you, Ron.

    Were you similarly incensed when your fellow travelers were trivializing words like ‘gulag,’ ‘fascist,’ and ‘torture,’ I wonder. Or were you wallowing right in there with them?

    Comment by Achillea — November 29, 2009 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

  13. Words are expressions of thoughts and opinions. The more extremely hate filled the word (like “denialist”), the more likely the speaker will hurt anyone who disagrees with him. Humans are so unchanging, aren’t we? There are always True Believers amongst us, and given the right conditions, they can be very dangerous to people who simply want to lead a peaceful life.

    Comment by heathermc — December 1, 2009 @ 2:36 am | Reply

  14. Ron, hang in there baby, they’re your people.
    Just a little intra-group squabble, go ahead, kiss and make up. Then you can continue with your spew about conservative “haters”, the ones who were right all along about the Warming lies and hustle, the attempted power grab designed to help impoverish us. I say help, God knows the left has plenty of arrows in that quiver.

    Comment by johnt — December 1, 2009 @ 9:00 am | Reply

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