Anyone who doesn't believe that the environmental movement has become a haven for anti-capitalist types like Communists and Fascists needs to take a good look at NASA scientist James Hansen's testimony today before Congress. According to The Guardian he plans to 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."
Regardless of your opinion on climate change, this is Stalinist. Outlawing your opponent's opinion and making free speech a high crime "against humanity and nature" is a bald faced tyranny that I'd hoped would stay relegated to Canada. Oil companies doing too well refuting your points? Just make fossil fuel apology illegal. Much easier to make your case when you make your opponents out to be the moral equivalent of the Nazis. Stalin first found this handy when he branded Trotsky and any other Communist he found inconvenient a "fascist". Now those found inconvenient are branded "deniers" which implies a moral equivalence that I hope outrages anyone who had a family member killed in a Nazi death camp.
There is a deeper point here however, and one that must be understood in order to see where this is leading. Like many global warmists, Hanson is screaming that "radical steps need to be taken immediately if the 'perfect storm' of irreversible climate change is not to become inevitable." This is a favorite global warmist tactic. There is no debate to be had, the crisis is now. "Deniers" are merely filibustering and wasting what little time we have left. Society must unite under the government for a superhuman effort. Hansen says "the new US president would have to take the initiative analogous to Kennedy's decision to go to the moon." Global warmists didn't invent this tactic, its been in use since the days of Woodrow Wilson. Use a crisis -- real or imagined-- and exploit it to expand the powers of government and unify the State into one combined will. Wilson did it during World War One, FDR during the Great Depression and World War Two, Kennedy with Space Program, LBJ with the "War on Poverty". What Americans need to be perfectly clear on is what ideology underpins this line of thought. Manufacturing a crisis in order to unify the collective will behind the leadership of the State is a Fascist method of governing. I cannot emphasize this enough. Anytime a crisis is given the moral equivalence of war (as the global warmists have given the fight against "climate change") and there is a call to abandon selfish interests (your SUVs) and unite in common cause with the State, it is fascism. From Wilson's "War Socialism" to LBJ's "Great Society", national calls to action have been right out of the fascist play book. Even the "War on Drugs" is at its heart fascistic.
While Ike may have seen the costs of putting a man on the moon as a boondoggle, this green effort has more ominous consequences than 25 billion dollars to stick it to the Soviets. This crisis is created by the celebrated "American way of life". Its our cars, our food, the temperature of our homes, even the light bulbs we use. This call for Americans to work together on a new "Manhattan Project" or "Apollo Mission" to combat "climate change" is a permission slip for the government into the life of the private citizen that would make Hitler drool. This is a back door attack on capitalism and must be recognized as such. Capitalism itself isn't directly questioned, just its results: unfettered access to fossil fuels, oil company profits, bigger cars, private jets, unlimited travel, larger homes, cheap light bulbs, cheap anything really. Instead of our affluence coming at the expense of the "proletariat", it now comes at the expense of "Mother Earth". For a self described middle-of-the-road conservative, James Hansen has certainly let himself become the pawn of big government socialists.