Bernie Sanders: Climate-change skeptics kind of remind me of Nazi appeasers

posted at 7:21 pm on February 23, 2010 by Allahpundit

Desperate times for global warmists call for desperate measures by the Senate’s only admitted socialist. I’ve heard more than one righty say that climate change is the left’s version of the war on terror (same global threat but minus any “oppressed” enemy to have to grapple with), but to Bernie I guess it’s the left’s version of World War II. I’m almost disappointed that he didn’t go the whole nine yards and compare skeptics to Holocaust deniers, but given his politics, it’s nice to know that there’s at least one war in American history he thinks was worth fighting.

“It reminds me in some ways of the debate taking place in this country and around the world in the late 1930s,” said Sanders, perhaps the most liberal member of the Senate, during a Senate hearing Tuesday. “During that period of Nazism and fascism’s growth-a real danger to the United States and democratic countries around the world- there were people in this country and in the British parliament who said ‘don’t worry! Hitler’s not real! It’ll disappear!”

Sanders’ reference to the Nazi threat is sure to enrage Republicans who are already skeptical of the science behind climate change. But Sanders wasn’t the only one throwing bombs at a hearing that was ostensibly about the EPA’s fiscal 2011 budget. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), who has called global warming a “hoax,” is asking for an investigation into the science used in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the governing body on climate science.

Earlier in the hearing, Inhofe had chided Sanders: “I know the senator from Vermont wants so badly to believe that the science on climate change is settled but it’s not.”

Click the image and skip ahead to around 1:25:00 for the money part, but don’t quit on the video until you hear him tout China’s conscientiousness in pursuing alternative forms of energy. Hey, Bernie? I don’t know if you’ve heard yet about that epic fail at Copenhagen, but it wasn’t, say, Jim Inhofe who wrecked the deal.

One tantalizing footnote to today’s hearing: The IPCC suddenly seems out of favor with Senator Ma’am. I wonder why.

Update: Via C-SPAN, here’s the YouTube clip.


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Sander’s ideas are the doctrine that seeks to control others here.

Amazing what these hypocrites get away with saying. No thanks to them we still have the first amendment with our recent Supreme Court decision so he can say this garbage.

“Good is evil. Up is down. Black is white.”

-The Liberal philosophy

scotash on February 23, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Keep muttering that to yourself as you rock back in forth in the corner of your room.

crr6 on February 23, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Seems to me that if that is all you have, you are the one rocking back AND forth in the corner of your room.

Lawyers need to pay more attention to such mistakes as using “IN” instead of “AND” because that kind of technicality can cost you a case.

uknowmorethanme on February 23, 2010 at 9:06 PM

A guy once told me that if there was a restaurant full of Jews, the conversation at 9 out of 10 tables would be about Hitler.

Bernie Sanders just confirmed a stereotype.

Hate when that happens.

David2.0 on February 23, 2010 at 9:09 PM

Is there something psychotropic about maple syrup? I suggest the People’s Republic of Vermont be expelled from the union until they get rid of this clod and embrace American values again.

NNtrancer on February 23, 2010 at 9:09 PM

Still the best question to him or anyone that swallows this garbage is “What is the right temperature and who gets to decide? After all we have been warmer and those were properous seasons on earth. Why is this warming..if it exists.. different. and can you prove man is doing it when it happened before?

Noelie on February 23, 2010 at 9:10 PM

uknowmorethanme on February 23, 2010 at 9:06 PM

6 lies about being a lawyer, given the (lacking) substance of his arguments here. If I’m wrong, then it needs to be asked who would retain him for counsel? If given the choice, I’ll defend myself.

Liam on February 23, 2010 at 9:12 PM

If given the choice, I’ll defend myself.

Liam on February 23, 2010 at 9:12 PM

If it is a lawyer he’s much more the plaintiff type.

Aviator on February 23, 2010 at 9:19 PM

another crisis to exploit is evaporating before their very eyes.

roflmao

donabernathy on February 23, 2010 at 9:20 PM

The WaPo is a conservative newspaper……….take it from there.

FOWG1 on February 23, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Commies hate Nazis.

29Victor on February 23, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Jeez, another dried up old fart trying to justify his “beliefs” ’cause he’s wasted most of his life on ‘em. Truly sad.

jgdp on February 23, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Why does a socialist complain about nazis and fascists, isn’t that what bernie wants? He is certifiable.

tim c on February 23, 2010 at 9:40 PM

This is the death rattle of anthropogenic global warming cult. It’s gasping for warm air.

Dr Evil on February 23, 2010 at 9:43 PM

29Victor on February 23, 2010 at 9:37 PM

And vice versa.

Sorta like two crime bosses duking it out over the same piece of prime turf.

CPT. Charles on February 23, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Oh, so Karl Marx Jr. is whining that his global warming scheme is gone like so much hot air out of Al Gore’s behind?
wow, like, sorry man. I guess you could say the global warming baloney he supports works about as well as the socialism he supports, eh?

gordo on February 23, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Sanders is so far left that he thinks Mother Jones is a conservative publication.

LegendHasIt on February 23, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Okay,so what exactly is the poster child for the Far Out in left field national socialist wacko wing accusing the right of being?

Chip on February 23, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Thank God we have men around like this.

Eat !t, Glenn Beck.

CPT. Charles on February 23, 2010 at 10:01 PM

I’ve heard more than one righty say that climate change is the left’s version of the war on terror (same global threat but minus any “oppressed” enemy to have to grapple with), but to Bernie I guess it’s the left’s version of World War II. I’m almost disappointed that he didn’t go the whole nine yards and compare skeptics to Holocaust deniers, but given his politics, it’s nice to know that there’s at least one war in American history he thinks was worth fighting.

…call me thick, but I hadn’t heard it put quite this way before…but, it makes sense. They think that our war is detracting from their more important war…especially when the guys we’re fighting in our war are their clients…in a sort of “enemy of my enemy is my friend” sort of way…plaintext doesn’t permit me to paste Rachel Corrie’s outraged “shout for justice”, pre-pancake mugshot here, but I invite all here to visualize….

…what the heck…visualize here post-pancake “damn that smarts” face, as well, if it’ll warm up your chilly winter night….

…socialists and their “c-word” collectivist compatriots have no problems with whuppin’ up on anyone. They use the word “struggle” the way their soul-mates on the West Bank use the word “jihad”. They aren’t pacifists…they just demand that their enemies surrender…to the searing logic of their firey intellects and organized altruism, presumably.

As to pointing out the debacle that was the Copenhagen cluster-fark, don’t confuse true-believers with facts. Let them get on with ruining the country, so’s they can rebuild it…as if the Left can ever actually agree which parts of their frenzied, over-wrought, wordy and utterly inhuman manifestos to follow….

Socialism: where ideology is king, ideas are poison, and people are props…don’cha given ‘em no lip….

Puritan1648 on February 23, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Bernie Sanders: Climate-change skeptics kind of remind me of Nazi appeasers

…something just occured to me: who (whom?) are they appeasing? Jack Frost?

Going the whole nine, as you say, and calling those heretics “appeasers” implies that they’re sucking up to someone. Who would that be? Big Weather?

On the plus-side, if we’re heretics, then they can’t burn us…carbon emissions. Maybe they’ll find a way to fry us using those squiggly “Al-Gore-bulbs” they seem to want us all to buy….

Puritan1648 on February 23, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Hey Bernie, there’s this new invention, it’s called a “comb”. Give it a pull through your hair on occasion. I hope he at least takes a shower from time to time.

jnelchef on February 23, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Is there something psychotropic about maple syrup? I suggest the People’s Republic of Vermont be expelled from the union until they get rid of this clod and embrace American values again.

NNtrancer on February 23, 2010 at 9:09 PM

…a socialist from New England…it’s like a negative multiplied by a negative…he’s a mathematical prodigy!

Puritan1648 on February 23, 2010 at 10:18 PM

Hey Bernie, there’s this new invention, it’s called a “comb”. Give it a pull through your hair on occasion. I hope he at least takes a shower from time to time.

jnelchef on February 23, 2010 at 10:17 PM

…yeah…not to descend to dissing him for appearance, but he really does have that “one raincoat short of a citation in a city park” sort of look about him….

…less the “mussy but dedicated public advocate” or the “harmless crackpot dreamer” and more the “unhygienic people’s summary court executioner” look about him…Che without a sense of style….

Puritan1648 on February 23, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Taranto at “Best of the Web” cites this little tidbit about “climate crisis” and Lakoff, the word-spinner who likes to rewrite or “frame” arguments so that words have no objective reality. It’s a fallback position of Lefties.

“Top researchers now agree that the world is likely to get stronger but fewer hurricanes in the future because of global warming, seeming to settle a scientific debate on the subject,” reports the Associated Press. A measure of the collapse of global warmism is that it is obvious the AP’s Seth Borenstein was joking when he wrote that phrase “seeming to settle a scientific debate.”

George Lakoff isn’t joking, but he’s unwittingly funny. A “cognitive linguist” at the University of California, Lakoff specializes in what he calls “framing,” which is a fancy name for use of euphemism and dysphemism. This is an excerpt from an interview he gave NPR’s Guy Raz:

Lakoff: See, the scientists who study weather don’t study cognition. They’re not cognitive scientists; they’re climate scientists. That’s understandable, but they don’t know that they can’t communicate, and they don’t know they need to get some people who know something about it.

Raz: In a strange way, George Lakoff, we are actually framing the debate because we’re talking about climate change. We’re not talking about global warming, right? I mean, could we be accused of doing this?

Lakoff: Accused is interesting. The idea of climate change, actually, was introduced by conservatives, by Frank Luntz in the 2004 campaign. He found that global warming alarmed people whereas climate change sounded fine. It was just change, as if it just happened, and people weren’t responsible. And climate is a nice word. It sort of gives an image of palm trees and nice climate, as opposed to hurricanes and, you know, and huge snowstorms and floods.

Raz: So climate change, in your view, as somebody who I have to presume does not agree with Frank Luntz, is not the best way to talk about this.

Lakoff: Yeah, I think the climate crisis is a much better way to talk about. You want to say this is crisis. This is a crisis for civilization. It’s a crisis for life on Earth

The performance of the Obama administration should be an indication that Lakoff is on to nothing. We’re not sure if the president and his men have used the phrase “climate crisis,” but they’ve employed lots of other Lakoffian euphemisms: “public option” for socialized medicine, “stimulus” (and now “jobs bill”) for wasteful spending, etc. Somehow people manage to get the picture even if you try to fool them by changing the frame

Gibbs, ObaMao, Jarrett, and Axelrod all subscribe to Lakoff talk. Sanders is just crazy.

onlineanalyst on February 23, 2010 at 10:52 PM

Vaclev Havel, former president of the Czech Republic, says that devotees of climate change remind him of communists in method and blind ideology.

onlineanalyst on February 23, 2010 at 10:57 PM

Lawyers need to pay more attention to such mistakes as using “IN” instead of “AND” because that kind of technicality can cost you a case.

uknowmorethanme on February 23, 2010 at 9:06 PM

haha no probably not.

crr6 on February 23, 2010 at 11:19 PM

haha no probably not.

crr6 on February 23, 2010 at 11:19 PM

Get back to your corner and rocking chair.

darwin on February 23, 2010 at 11:22 PM

He looks like he should be sitting on the porch of some VT country store snaping his suspenders and waiting for some one to show up to play checkers. Do you suppose that that’s why VT keeps electing him? He fits their image? There can’t be any really sensible reasons that I can see.

jeanie on February 23, 2010 at 11:36 PM

Sanders called the sceptics Nazi apologists, Babs insinuated it was McCarthyism in her closing, and after they underbussed the IPCC, and Barrosso brought up the SPPI report pointing out temp data shennanigans at NASA and NOAA, they turned to the Climate Authorities of last resort -

The Department of Defense and the CIA!

Probably news to the guys on the south side of the Potomac. . .

Wind Rider on February 23, 2010 at 11:38 PM

58,000 Americans died fighting communism in Vietnam. Twelve were my buddies.

Over 50,000 Americans died fighting commuinsm in Korea.

Now, America is on the road to socialism/communism/collectivism, without firing a shot.

How does that make the veterans of those wars feel?

Star20 on February 24, 2010 at 12:08 AM

I rest my case.

http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.aspx?id=522005

Star20 on February 24, 2010 at 12:15 AM

there were people in this country and in the British parliament who said ‘don’t worry! Hitler’s not real! It’ll disappear!”

Yeah, they were all liberals.

What is the fascination the left has with Nazi imagery? They invoke it constantly to advance their agenda.

NoLeftTurn on February 24, 2010 at 4:12 AM

It is sad to be that old and wise stupid.

Sherman1864 on February 24, 2010 at 5:14 AM

People like Bernie Sanders sort of remind me of Stalinists.

zoyclem on February 24, 2010 at 8:03 AM

Bernie is a senile old dirtbag

bill30097 on February 24, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Where did Vermont find this screwie old dude? Can they not find someone in their state better than this to represent them.

Kissmygrits on February 24, 2010 at 8:41 AM

Senile old fool!

TrickyDick on February 24, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Project much P.T. Bernie?
Does Bernie know anything about history?

What’s the second word in translation of the acronym NAZI?
National Socialist German Workers Party

Get that?

National Socialists

Does Ol’ Bernie know that he’s one of the closest examples of a NAZI, or National Socialist around?

Is he implying that as National Socialists appeasers that people who see through the AGW scam are really RINO’s??????

‘Cause them are fighting words Bernie, just so’s you know….

Fake8 on February 24, 2010 at 8:52 AM

“It reminds me in some ways of the debate taking place in this country and around the world in the late 1930s,” said Sanders, perhaps the most liberal member of the Senate, during a Senate hearing Tuesday.

Funny thing is, it was the liberals who wanted to ignore Hitler.

MarkTheGreat on February 24, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Keep muttering that to yourself as you rock back in forth in the corner of your room.

crr6 on February 23, 2010 at 7:36 PM

You haven’t been paying attention, have you.

MarkTheGreat on February 24, 2010 at 9:03 AM

I appreciate that the quote highlights the “bombs” being thrown by both sides (emphasis mine):

Sanders’ reference to the Nazi threat is sure to enrage Republicans who are already skeptical of the science behind climate change. But Sanders wasn’t the only one throwing bombs at a hearing that was ostensibly about the EPA’s fiscal 2011 budget. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), who has called global warming a “hoax,” is asking for an investigation into the science used in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the governing body on climate science.

So, Senator Inhofe is asking to look further into the “settled” science of the questionable data and dubious record keeping? How incendiary is that!

BlueCollarAstronaut on February 24, 2010 at 9:08 AM

The AGW advocates are getting so demoralized they won’t even stick around and fight anymore. Just lob their grenades and run as fast as they can.

MarkTheGreat on February 24, 2010 at 9:11 AM

crr6 on February 23, 2010 at 7:36 PM
You haven’t been paying attention, have you.
MarkTheGreat on February 24, 2010 at 9:03 AM

I’m really bummed out that I missed her – she must have an early class at MHU.

Oh well, with the NS Donks Rahming Obowmaocare down the Republic’s throat, she is sure to poop out somewhere.

Chip on February 24, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Oh please. Who are these people who elect this moron?

kens on February 24, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Sanders you are right on many things like ending the Fed–the Senate version.

But on this Bernie…YOU ARE WAY OFF BASE!

BobAnthony on February 24, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Bernie Sanders: Climate-change skeptics kind of remind me of Nazi appeasers

That’s some kind of coincidence. I was just thinking about how AGW activists remind me of Nazis.

applebutter on February 24, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Sayeth the Trotskyite toad.

NoDonkey on February 24, 2010 at 4:30 PM

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