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Lomborg=Hitler?

The EU Reporter reports that Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), compared Bjorn Lomborg, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist, to Adolf Hitler in a recent media interview. Dr. Pachauri commented:

What is the difference between Lomborg’s view of humanity and Hitler’s? You cannot treat people like cattle. You must respect the diversity of cultures on earth. Lomborg thinks of people like numbers. He thinks it would be cheaper just to evacuate people from the Maldives, rather than trying to prevent world sea levels from rising so that island groups like the Maldives or Tuvalu just disappear into the sea. But where’s the respect for people in that? People have a right to live and die in the place where their forefathers have lived and died. If you were to accept Lomborg’s way of thinking, then maybe what Hitler did was the right thing.

So, according to the head of the IPCC, opposing the Kyoto Protocol is tantamount to genocide.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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