Quote:Lawrence Torcello - assistant professor of philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, writes in an essay at The Conversation that climate scientists who fail to communicate the correct message about "global warming" should face trial for "criminal negligence".(H/T Bishop Hill)
The Conversation - no relation of Breitbart's blogging chatroom - is a website promoting articles by academics and funded by nineteen of Britain's leading universities, as well as several government agencies, including the Higher Education Funding Council For England (HEFCE) and the Higher Education Funding Council For Wales (HEFCW) and Research Council UK.
Its motto is "Academic rigour, journalistic flair" - both qualities which are mysteriously absent from Torcello's essay, titled "Is Misinformation About The Climate Criminally Negligent?"
Torcello notes that after the earthquake that devastated l'Aquila, Italy in 2009, six Italian seismologists were jailed for six years for having failed properly to communicate the nature of the threat to the public. The same fate should befall climate denialists, he suggests, because they stand in the way of the "meaningful political action in the very countries most responsible for the crisis."
They used to jail people for saying the Earth revolved around the Sun