(CNSNews.com) -- People pushing the climate change agenda “are smart enough to understand the link between energy and national security and energy and prosperity,” said former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during a panel discussion about Climate Hustle, a film that takes the skeptics’ side of the climate change debate.
It features a number of scientists who previously believed in man-made climate change, but have since become skeptical of such claims, including Nobel Prize-winning physicist Ivar Giaever.
Prior to a screening of the film on Capitol Hill Thursday, panel moderator Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center (MRC),asked Palin, Climate Depot founder Marc Morano,and University of Delaware climatologist David Legates their views on how scientists and policy leaders “are being berated” for challenging the climate change “consensus” that carbon dioxide (CO2) is causing catastrophic man-made global warming.
"There is a definite political agenda… to make us think we can somehow change the weather by growing government,” Palin replied.
“Part of the problem is that if we get a discussion of the facts, the facts don’t always match what the ‘consensus’ wants to hear,” Legates said during the briefing sponsored by the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), which produced the film. “Science is not driven by consensus. Science is driven by asking questions," he pointed out.
Morano added that “the myth of the 97 percent consensus is a number that is designed to intimidate dissenters.”
“The radicals on the Left today are becoming fascistic on so many levels,” Bozell said, using the example of a professor who claimed that there was “no difference between a climate change denier and a Holocaust denier.”
“Are you a Holocaust denier?“ he asked Legates.
“No, I’m not,” Legates answered. “If you can’t argue the facts, you have to demonize your opponent.” Legates went on to say that “it was never about climate change at all. It’s all a ruse, a hustle to set an agenda about wealth distribution and control of the masses.”
He added that he fears “a replay of history,” noting that during the 1930s, the Soviet Union’s state-run scientific community refused to accept Mendelian genetics.
“It set [Soviet] agriculture back 30 years, and the people who paid the price were the Soviet people.The religion of CO2 looks exactly like the early ‘30s in the Soviet Union.”
Afterwards, Legates told CNSNews.com that water actually plays a much larger role in the climate system than CO2. “But we can’t legislate water. We can legislate CO2.”
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