Al Gore is back. The global warming climate change front man is in the news again after giving another, shall we say, interesting speech lamenting the the future of the planet; this time at Oxford University. The former vice president rebuked politicians for not doing enough to prevent climate change catastrophe, accusing them of taking advantage of people's ignorance. Then, he Godwinned his fight against global warming by comparing it to Winston Churchill's fight against Nazi Germany:
Winston Churchill aroused this nation in heroic fashion to save civilization in World War II. We have everything we need except political will but political will is a renewable resource.[...]We can berate politicians for not doing enough, and compromising too much, and not being bold and addressing this existential threat to civilization. But the reason they don't is that the level of concern among populations has still not risen to cross the threshold to make the political leaders feel they must address it.
So, if Gore is Churchill and the fight against climate change is like World War II then...climate change skeptics in this scenario are like the Nazis? It seems like in any other context comparing a group of people to Hitler and the Nazis of WWII would spark reproach.
Maybe there is a reason the "level of concern among populations" hasn't risen to Gore-approved standards. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, more and more scientists are concluding that human-caused global warming isn't necessarily a given.