Lawrence Torcello

Organized Climate Change disinformation should be criminalized, since Climate Destabilization threatens humanity. I fully support Torcello's position.

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Comment by Grinning Cat on March 27, 2014 at 3:00pm

Thanks for introducing me to this hero, indeed!

Here's Prof. Torcello's article: "Is misinformation about the climate criminally negligent?" (The Conversation, 13 March 2014)

It's evoked lots of furious responses, from people who don't know -- or don't want to know, or don't want people to know! -- what he's really saying.

He writes on his web page:

To be clear: I do not believe that anyone who doubts the scientific consensus that exists on climate change should be put in prison. ... I do not believe that people who disagree with me should be put in prison. Such views are ridiculous and abhorrent. I value and welcome informed discussion and disagreement. I encourage you to carefully read my real article (here’s the link), which addresses organized efforts to cloud public perception of science on issues that are relevant to public safety.

A few snippets from Torcello's actual piece in The Conversation:

Accurately understanding our natural environment and sharing that information can be a matter of life or death.... public uncertainty regarding climate science, and the resulting failure to respond to climate change, is the intentional aim of politically and financially motivated denialists....

We must make the critical distinction between the protected voicing of one’s unpopular beliefs, and the funding of a strategically organised campaign to undermine the public’s ability to develop and voice informed opinions. Protecting the latter as a form of free speech stretches the definition of free speech to a degree that undermines the very concept.

What are we to make of those ... who purposefully strive to make sure “inexact, incomplete and contradictory information” is given to the public? ... criminally negligent in their willful disregard for human life. It is time for modern societies to interpret and update their legal systems accordingly.

(ellipses and emphases mine)

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