Thursday, December 10, 2009

Climate Denier Calls Clean Energy Activists "Hitler Youth"

Wow.

The science deniers who are trying to derail any and all progress at the Copenhagen climate change summit seem to be losing their cool.

As Americans for Prosperity tried to hold a live webcast of one of the tour's speakers attacking the conference's goals of reducing global warming pollution and building a clean energy economy, members of the Youth Climate Movement made their voices heard:
The students entered the event in small groups, joining a paltry audience of five conference attendees, who had come to hear climate denier Lord Christopher Monckton speak about the Copenhagen climate negotiations. After the first five minutes of the event, student representatives from SustainUS, the Sierra Student Coalition, the Cascade Climate Network, and other American youth NGOs displayed banners reading “Climate Disaster Ahead” and “Clean Energy Now.” After security agents at the event took the banners, the young attendees began a chant of “Real Americans for Prosperity are Americans for Clean Energy.”
One of the event's intended speakers, Christopher Monckton, got a little belligerent at this display of youth standing up for their future, taking to the microphone to call the students "Hitler youth" and "Nazis" as they filed out of the room. You have to see it to believe it:



First, the event: Americans for Prosperity is heavily funded by some of the worst Big Oil and Dirty Coal companies, receiving at least $380,000 from Exxon and a whopping $12 million from Koch Industries (unfamiliar with Koch? They've been repeatedly fined millions of dollars for dumping oil directly into America's waterways). Americans for Prosperity is also, of course, just one of many special interest groups being heavily funded by Big Oil while fighting progress on clean energy and climate reform.

And is Monckton credible himself?

Well... not exactly. In 2007, he wrote a letter to Sens. Olympia Snowe and Jay Rockefeller falsely claiming to be a member of the British House of Lords (he stood for election earlier that year but failed to receive any votes). In 2008, he made an even stranger false claim in an open letter to Sen. John McCain that his work to "debunk" climate science had earned him the status of Nobel Peace Laureate. Heck, he's even been caught editing his own Wikipedia page to falsely claim that he received a libel settlement from the British newspaper The Guardian.

Just another set of sad facts about the good folks who bring you climate denierism whenever they can.

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