Human Exceptionalism

Scientocracy Alert: Either Accept the “Scientific Consensus” or Go to Jail

This is not a post about the realities–or lack thereof–of man-caused global warming. It is about the rising hubris of “the scientists” who seem to think they are entitled to rule the world.

NASA scientist James Hanson has called for the jailing of oil executives for “crimes against nature” for being global warming deniers. From the story:

James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and cancer.

Hansen will use the symbolically charged 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking speech to the US Congress–in which he was among the first to sound the alarm over the reality of global warming–to argue that radical steps need to be taken immediately if the “perfect storm” of irreversible climate change is not to become inevitable.

There’s no such thing as a high crime against nature and crimes against humanity are defined by treaties. But why let that stop Hanson? He is being defied and it ticks him off. Moreover, he sounds like a theocrat urging that the leaders of the nonbelievers to be tried for blasphemy: Go against our beliefs, and you are a criminal. I sure know who I don’t want in charge.