Saturday, November 24, 2007

Hansen: power plants = extermination camps

Source of correspondence (PDF)
In his recent testimony to the Iowa Utilities Board, Rev. James Hansen argued that the construction of a new coal-based power plant is equivalent to the holocaust. The trains that bring coal to the new power plant are nothing else than the death trains that were moving the Jews to extermination camps:
... If we cannot stop the building of more coal-fired power plants, those coal trains will be death trains – no less gruesome than if they were boxcars headed to crematoria, loaded with uncountable irreplaceable species ...
Kraig Naasz, the president and CEO of the U.S. National Mining Association, suggested that this comparison was both repellant and preposterous. It trivializes the suffering of millions of people while it irrationally evaluates the actual reasons behind various climate phenomena: one additional power plant in the U.S. surely can be no "tipping point" especially when China builds a new plant every week.

Figure 1: Kraig Naasz is the second man from the right. How many chestnut trees (and power plants) has Mr Hansen planted? ;-)

Naasz recommended Hansen to apologize to the hard-working men and women in the coal mining and railroad industries. What did Mr Hansen do? You may guess.

Hansen sent Naasz a letter advocating additional delusions about an unprecedented motion towards a climate catastrophe. He has also confused the U.S. founding fathers with Lenin and Stalin when he mentioned that the U.S. founding fathers created America for [a couple of communist clichés]. And what about the very paragraph comparing power plants with the Nazi extermination camps?

Well, Mr Hansen simply repeated it and wrote that there was nothing scientifically invalid about the paragraph. If the paragraph makes Mr Naasz uncomfortable, maybe it should. ;-) Mr Hansen should be treated as a mentally ill person, the healthy people should be protected from him, and I assure you that there is nothing scientifically invalid about this sentence of mine. If it makes Mr Hansen or other lunatics feel uncomfortable, maybe it should.

And that's the memo.

1. Some one has gone around the bend on this one.

They must realize they have to kick it into overdrive, it's all going down the drain. The Democrats tried this same tack with Gen "Betray US" and look where it got them. Democrats always overdo it. The problem for Democrats is logic is their sworn enemy and the truth is their terrorism.

2. I grew up in Sweden and I still remember our referendum on nuclear power in 1980. Back then, it was nuclear power that was the environmentalist monomania and it was nuclear power plants that needed to be 'bulldozed'. Admittedly, they'd have to build some new coal-burning plants to make up for some of the loss.

Before the campaign started, most Swedes opposed nuclear power.

The anti nuclear power campaign, which included the Communist Party, pushed doomsday scenarios and a ten-year deadline for phasing out nuclear power. Their campaign film called nuclear plants "the temples of death - the laboratories of death."

The activists were invited to exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. Their exhibition contained little information but had rhyming slogans against corporate profits.

An inspiration for the movement was Robert Junck's book about the nuclear state, where he claimed that German nuclear plants were controlled by Nazis.

The result of the shrill campaign? Even people critical of nuclear power were turned off. The enviros lost, and Sweden still has nuclear power.