Shelley Rose, ADL Southeast Interim Regional Director issued the following statement:
University of Alabama-Huntsville Professor Roy Spencer’s analogy of proponents of global warming to Nazis is outrageous and deeply offensive. This analogy is just the latest example of a troubling epidemic of comparisons to Hitler and the Holocaust.
I say that the above comment would make any normal person feel dirty for having read it, and not least because it was carefully pruned to remove what Roy actually said.
But much more importantly signifies an impending war on climate skepticism. Preparations have passed the planning stage and this action by ADL is the first salvo of the war.
Be aware that the comment is not some naive faux-pas, even though it may eventually be withdrawn, it is the enemy prodding its adversary. It follows on from some recent battle cries that originated from more sinister organisations. Needless to say, there are some very dodgy groups pulling strings in the background and they are stoking up a climate of fear. They intend to use intimidation, persecution and acts of law to silence skeptics.
The war has just ratcheted up from blog banter and jousting to something extremely distasteful that everyone should be seriously concerned about. It’s high time the skeptical blogosphere got its act together and acknowledged exactly what it is fighting.