The New Dissidents

by Julie Walsh on April 18, 2008

Lawrence Solomon’s book profiles nearly three dozen top scientists who have resisted the pull of climate alarmism.

Once upon a time, the media believed in the open exchange of opinions regarding public policy…But there’s one hot-button issue on which virtually no dissent is allowed: climate change. In a style reminiscent of the old Soviet Union, people disagreeing with any element of the agenda pursued by Al Gore and his climate catastrophists have been derided as “deniers,” a term clearly intended to equate dissent with mental illness, if not post hoc complicity in atrocities (as in “Holocaust denier”). “Fifteen per cent of the people believe the moon landing was staged on some movie lot and a somewhat smaller number still believe the Earth is flat,” Gore says. “They all get together on a Saturday night and party with the global-warming deniers.”

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