Daniel Cohan, an associate professor of environmental engineering, tweeted that Harvey should be used as a discussion point for climate change issues, because it contributed to the hurricane in the same way that Islamic terrorism did to the terrorist attacks. He has since deleted the tweet. “Did we avoid discussing contributors to terrorism when recovering from 9/11,” Cohan wrote on Twitter Friday, referring to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He was replying to a tweet from California congressional candidate Mike Levin suggesting it would be wrong to avoid linking climate change to the factors causing Harvey.
One activist wants all Americans to go on record with their position on climate change. Charles Wheelan, a writer and economist, recently suggested this: "I have a modest proposal: a climate change “registry.” This would be a simple petition, albeit with a twist: Each of us would be asked to sign our name to one of two statements:
Yes, I believe that the risk of climate change is significant enough that we ought to take action now to reduce the possibility of future harm.
No, I do not believe that we should take any action now to prevent climate change.
"Those who are standing in the way of sensible climate action ought to be held to account, if only in the eyes of their grandchildren who are at risk of paying the price for our inaction."
Brad Johnson, formerly of Think Progress and currently with Climate Hawks, declared today: "Climate disaster response rules 1) save lives 2) global warming is here 3) put officials who reject science in jail." Johnson linked to an article demanding "climate change denial should be a crime."
Warmist Mark Hertsgaard in The Nation: "The victims of Hurricane Harvey have a murderer—and it’s not the storm...What makes this so infuriating is that it shouldn’t be happening. Experts have warned for decades that global warming would increase these sorts of weather extremes and that people would suffer and die if protective measures were not implemented."
"The first step toward justice is to call things by their true names. Murder is murder, whether the murderers admit it or not. Punish it as such, or we encourage more of the same."
"It is past time to call out Trump and all climate deniers for this crime against humanity. No more treating climate denial like an honest difference of opinion."
"When the president announced in June that he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord, I wrote in The Nation: 'To refuse to act against global warming is to condemn thousands of people to death and suffering today and millions more tomorrow. This is murder, even if Trump’s willful ignorance of climate science prevents him from seeing it.'"
"That judgment grows more apt with each passing day we don’t reverse course. Knowing what we know in 2017, expanding fossil-fuel production is like Big Tobacco continuing to addict people to its cancer sticks: technically legal but, in effect, premeditated murder."