03.19.2014 28

Professor calls for jailing climate opponents, ushering a new age of ‘tolerance’

Jailing_Climate_Change_CriticsBy Rick Manning

Some random philosophy professor from the Rochester Institute of Technology named Lawrence Torcello has decided that if you don’t agree with him on climate change, then you should be criminally prosecuted.  Here is his actual quote in the UK journal, “The Conversation”, “We have good reason to consider the funding of climate denial to be criminally and morally negligent.”

An interesting position given that Torcello downgrades the number of scientists who are in agreement on climate change to “a majority.”

Given this premise, the President of the United States would need to be charged as criminally negligent as NASA scientist Dr. Roy Hubbard has expressed doubts about the conclusions of warmists attributing far more influence to the sun and its changing cycles for any short term warming rather than the anti-carbon mantra.

Or perhaps he is upset with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the warmist headquarters, which has been compelled to lower the bottom end of its estimated range of warming by half a degree Celsius.

Michael Mann, the hockey stick warmist guru, in a piece whining that those who don’t agree with him are distorting the evidence reports on the IPCC change as follows, “The IPCC reports a likely range of 1.5 to 4.5 degrees Celsius (roughly 3 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit) for this quantity, the lower end having been dropped from 2.0 degrees C in the fourth IPCC assessment. The lowering is based on one narrow line of evidence: the slowing of surface warming during the past decade.”

So, flat temperatures in the 2000s are already altering the predictive models the United Nations IPCC relies on to convince governments to issue carbon emissions restrictions. For a relationship—a doubling of CO2 emissions affecting global temperatures—that is supposed to rely on physics, the potential range of 3 degrees Celsius being the “likely” change in temperature leaves vast uncertainty.

But in the church of Global Warming, Bishop Torcello wants to lead an inquisition against those who differ in their analysis of the data in order to potentially “save the planet”.  Maybe the IPCC will let the aptly named Torcello light the bonfires to burn scientific manuscripts that don’t conform to their accepted view of the world?

Of course, this manuscript burning is only a pre-cursor to giving those heretics who dare challenge his narrow view the Joan of Arc treatment themselves in the fires and ash of their burning underlying research.  After all, the very moral authority of the recently convened Church of Global Warming itself is at stake.

While the “Torch of Rochester” claims otherwise, his odd view that competing dangerous views should not be able to be financed without penalty must make his fellow faculty members extremely uncomfortable.  After all, his thoughts as a philosophy professor are financed at his private university haven.  Should those who gave money to RIT be prosecuted because of Torcello’s wild musings?

Under “The Torch’s” standards, they should be, unless of course, they agree with whatever the fashionable eco-fascist theory of the day happens to be.

Normally, it would be wise to just dismiss this oddball professor as an anomaly, but we don’t live in normal times.  At University campuses across North America the concept of inclusion, safe spaces, and civil rights have been trumping the free exchange of ideas for years.

Now, that “The Torch” has been let out of his cage one wonders how many blank-eyed minions will follow him in the belief that they have a freedom from dissenting thought.  Thought which cannot be tolerated because it disrupts the on-going march toward the consensus enjoyed in totalitarian states across the globe.

For “The Torch” and his ilk the only way to “co-exist” and achieve true “inclusion” is to jail and exclude those who disagree.

Welcome to the new age of tolerance.

Rick Manning is the Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for Americans for Limited Government.  You can follow Rick on twitter @rmanning957.

  • crustyone

    The “Torch” and all like him can be banished to Devil’s Island.

  • Patriot Games

    Yeah….come and try it, torchey….

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  • Art Hock

    The prof got his credentials from the same place that Obama got his birth certificate.

  • Doris C

    Any person of authority that says we should jail those with differing opinions should be jailed themselves for inciting to riot.

  • pduffy

    The left is running out of money. ‘Climate change’ was their ticket to massive new taxes on energy. Now that the scam is failing, they are getting desperate.

  • Fred_K

    The climate change proponents should be jailed for fraud.

  • salvatore Tuccio

    Mousseline, Hitler, Stalin, and Big Mao would be proud of this nut case. Next does he want to crank up the gas chambers? This is a narrow mind individual who from what I read does not have a science degree in the environmental field. This is what Americans have to fear is the rise of these radicals who care nothing about the actual environment only power over others.

  • Steve

    There are many libtard college perfessers (sic intentional) who should be tried & convicted of treason for Un-American activities.

  • So…I presume that if more than 50% of us turn out to NOT believe in global warming…oops, climate change…then he would have no objection to HIS being jailed?

    Guess he thinks that this should be the Land of the Free (as long as you agree with him)! Wonder if he realizes that this sort of attitude causes people to just tune out from anything he says from that point on…??

  • Well, no…I don’t think so. But they should be required to answer questions about their positions with facts and reason, instead of being allowed to make personal attacks and insult those with whom the disagree…


    Doris, it would be cleaner to simply drug many idiots.

  • 1S-1K

    Someone ought to throw Torcello’s a** in jail for trying to take our freedom of speech away. Since when is it a jail term for SPEAKING against somebody’s idiotic comment in the USA ?? Oh yeah. Since 2009 when Odumdum took residence in the former white house. Shame on these fools. GLOBAL warming is a flawed theory in all ways.

  • 2Shadow2

    Translation: “We the wacos, with no solid evidence, have reason to consider….” that socialists need more tax revenue from any means possible to completely indoctrinate the population to our insanity.

  • 2Shadow2

    They can’t do that and won’t do that. Now they are stuck with lying about the lie. Sort of like Obamacare and Common Core. It wont stand up to truth but it seems they actually believe their own lies.

  • 2Shadow2

    Spot on.

  • yaki534

    Fred K you took the words right out of my mouth. For the people that believe in this garbage… Here’s your sign…STUPID!.

  • Linda Sills

    The entire premise and “science” is a lie and hoax, perpetrated by the Club of Rome and other extremist nut jobs. Please do the research on people like Alexander King and Maurice Strong. They admit that (in their own words) that they can “use” saving the environment to sell this nonsense, and for the most part it is working..at least on many folks. In the 30’s in America, there was a push for joining the Communist Party too. The minions were “sold” on the idea, that there really is a way to achieve Utopia on earth. How well did that work out under Stalin and Mao?

  • rusureuwant2know

    I have an opposing view: let’s have all the anthropogenic climate change believers committed.

  • rusureuwant2know

    Even when they do, it’s the same old line – the hockey stick, man-made CO2, etc. I think a lot of them are convinced that we are responsible for all the CO2 in the atmosphere.

  • Mathematical certainty

    What else would you expect from some dummy with a worthless PhD. degree in Education.

  • Philosophy has been hijacked by hijackers and should be prosecuted !!

  • RMorrow

    Gee, do you think the low life climate change liars are getting desperate here? People die every year from snow, ice and cold in this country. But, no one has been harmed from Global Warming in over 30 years of the low life scum bag liberals lying about Global Warming. Even the dogs at the dog pound have more sense than any Liberal. If Liberals did’t have their lies that they created to hang on to, they would have nothing to live for at all. How embarrassing. I have never seen our nation stoop so low to accept this horrible life of Global Warming right there next to saying homosexuality is normal? The butt hole is an exit hole, not an entrance hole. You always have to use crayons for the Liberals.

  • AngryPatriot5

    Yep, more proof of libs/progressive being nothing but Nazis in civilian clothing. So much for the complete intolerance of the “tolerant” left…..NOT. Time to get rid of every libertard that holds any office or job in the US. Be sure to vote, people; it’s sooooooooo important.

  • WhiteFalcon

    I have found that there is nothing more intolerant than someone that screams for tolerance. They want you to just tolerate their trash, but they want anyone that disagrees with them punished. Of course, they are always commieonazis.

  • Russ Hamilton

    If they think CO2 is bad I wonder how long we could go without it ?

  • Florida Jim

    The professors who tout free speech only want it for them apparently. These same professor’s took over the universities and schools under the guise of improving them but they installed tenure for themselves so they can’t be fired, they said “we need academic freedom , a euphemism for you shut up”, Our schools at every level has had brainwashing done to all students you see in the Obama’s and their radical agenda silencing opponents using the IRS, NSA, DOJ, GSDA, TSA and FBI as their gestapo. These are the dolts responsible and you elected them not I. Global warming has been a scam since it was introduced as “global cooling ” in the 1970’s. There are many, many sources to refute their lies one is “Power Grab” By chris Horner here is a recent Ex Green Peace CEO who has confessed the lie he touted for years: http://www.davidicke.com/headlines/humans-are-not-to-blame-for-global-warming-says-greenpeace-co-founder-as-he-insists-there-is-no-scientific-proof-climate-change-is-manmade/

    It is laughable if it were not so harmful to America and we citizens.

  • George Blumel

    This assistant professor (that is what obama was –assistant) says” My research interests include ethical theory, and applied ethics, social
    and political philosophy, and scientific skepticism. Current projects
    investigate the practical consequences and ethical responsibilities
    implicit to democratic citizenship in morally pluralistic societies,
    particularly in the domains of medicine and education, the environment
    and animal welfare, public policy and political discourse. My recent
    work pursues the moral implications of global warming denialism, as well
    as other forms of science denialism.”
    That tells me he has no real world experience –probably never left the academic grounds or earned a dime from any kind of productive work. let me guess: he gets a grant (or is trying to get a federal grant) for parroting the climate change hoax.
    Pathetic is the only word that comes to mind to describe the creep.

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