The array of strategies the green-outside, red-brown-inside activists keep plotting never ceases to amaze me.
The latest comments come from Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in an interview with George Stephanopoulus, and provide a window to another page of the enviro-Mein-Kampf playbook.
In the interview, Stephanopoulos asks Breyer, on burning the Koran, if the First Amendment ought to be rethought: Breyer replies:
Holmes said it doesn’t mean you can shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theater. Well, what is it? Why? Because people will be trampled to death. And what is the crowded theater today? What is the being trampled to death? It will be answered over time in a series of cases which force people to think carefully. That’s the virtue of cases.
So if Breyer had his way, the government would decide what a crowded theater is, and what gets trampled. Folks that would be a dangerous threat to free speech.
Keep in mind that the Supreme Court has already declared CO2 a pollutant that needs to be regulated. And now at least one Justice wants to declare certain types of speech as “pollutants”, and subject them to regulation.
So what’s the next step? Skeptics is a crowded theater?
Next they’ll be calling the planet a “crowded theater”and its inhabitants “the trampled”, and that certain kinds of speech lead to trampling in the crowded theater, earth. For example, those of us who express skepticism, or produce inappropriate science, could be deemed making speech that leads to death in the crowded theater earth.
Without our speech, the planet could be saved, after all.
Well, we’ve already been called “deniers”, the scourge of the planet, even bastards that ought to face Nuremberg-type trials for climate crimes. Be warned.
4 responses to “Skepticism In The Crowded Theater, Is It Next?”
Pierre, did the moody mentality of the Germans infect you? Lighten up. We’re winning; AGW science looks more ragged every day. Wait for Cancun.
And as if i ordered it, the first signs of defeat are emerging: To save face, they’ll celebrate big breakhroughs in fighting… methane. From Anthony’s Tips&Notes:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2010
Thirty-six Governments to Meet in Mexico on Greenhouse Gas Reductions, Clean Energy Ministers to advance cooperation on methane reductions
WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will join ministers from the Methane to Markets Partnership countries in Mexico City on Oct. 1. At the meeting, the United States will work with partner nations to encourage global action to reduce methane emission sources and identify possible additional resources to achieve this goal. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) that is 20 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in warming the atmosphere.
“With methane and other harmful pollutants hurting our world’s atmosphere, addressing climate change and improving air quality are domestic and international priorities that require every country’s help and ideas,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “The Methane to Markets Partnership has made tremendous strides in this effort. I’m looking forward to our meeting in October and our continued work together to cut methane emissions worldwide.”
The meeting, co-hosted by EPA and Mexico’s Ministry of Environment, will also celebrate the accomplishments of the partnership, which include supporting more than 300 methane emission reduction projects around the world. The projects, when fully developed, will reduce GHG emissions in an amount equivalent to annual emissions from 11.4 million cars. The ministers are expected to reaffirm their commitment to strong global action on methane for an additional five years.
The Methane to Markets Partnership reduces GHG emissions by promoting cost-effective recovery and use of methane through global projects. Methane projects are also important because they provide new sources of clean energy, while improving air and water quality. Since 2004, the partnership has proven to be one of the most effective international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, growing from 14 to 36 country partners, representing nearly 70 percent of global methane emissions today. More than 1,000 public and private sector organizations have also signed on to date.
The partnership has leveraged nearly $360 million in investment from private companies and financial institutions. EPA estimates that if currently available methane reduction technologies were fully implemented globally, annual GHG emissions reductions equivalent to the annual emissions from over 280 million cars could be achieved by 2020 could be achieved at relatively low cost. Achieving these reductions could make a significant impact on climate change by helping to stabilize or even lower global atmospheric concentrations of methane.
More information about the ministerial meeting: http://www.methanetomarkets.org/ministerial.aspx
More information about the partnership: http://www.epa.gov/methanetomarkets/
More information about EPA’s International Priorities: http:// http://www.epa.gov/international/topsix.html
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Michael C. Roberts
Reply: Thanks Dirk. I’d like to comment on this today, but I’m a little short on time right now. -PG
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According to Wikipedia, methane accounts for 20% of the radiative forcing of all greenhouse gasses. As we still don’t know what the total forcing is, 20% of a question mark is (what?)? It very well may be, and probably is, 20% of zero.