[VIDEO] ‘Climate ethics’ prof: Global warming skeptics guilty of ‘crimes against humanity’

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Penn State panelists attack "deniers" Rush Limbaugh, George W. Bush, Christopher Monckton, Fox News, and The Wall Street Journal.

Penn State "climate ethics" professor Donald Brown accused global warming skeptics late last month of committing "new crimes against humanity."

"We've lost 25 years," said Brown, referring to so-called global warming skeptics' efforts to delay and prevent government action on climate change. "I think we should encourage a conversation whether this is some sort of kind of new crime against humanity."

"Its really evil stuff," continued Brown, speaking to a classroom of students on April 30. "It's nasty."

Brown, the Associate Professor of Environmental Ethics, Science, and Law at Penn State, was speaking in a panel discussion "Changing the Moral Climate on Climate Change" alongside Dr. Michael Mann, a Penn State professor who was at the center of the 2009 "Climategate" scandal.

Mann and others on the panel also attacked prominent climate change skeptics including talk show host Rush Limbaugh, former President George W. Bush, British statesman Christopher Monckton, the Fox News Channel, and The Wall Street Journal.{C}

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Mann, who was accused in 2009 of manipulating data in order exaggerate the threat of global warming, said the Fox News Channel its own climate facts.

"They manufacture their own facts," said Mann, who was eventually declared "exonerated" by an internal Penn State investigation.

"[Y]ou can find a whole cable network that is willing to throw fake facts about climate change at you and arm you with those fake facts," he said.

Peter Buckland, a Ph.D candidate at Penn State said Fox News viewers are "much more likely to believe factually wrong things" by watching Fox News.

"You are likely to be factually much more informed if you watch CNN," he added.

Dr. Rick Schuhman, an environmental engineer and Director of Penn State's Engineering Leadership Program, also accused Rush Limbaugh of publicly denying global warming for financial gain or as a vendetta against former Vice President Al Gore.

"Al Gore is a big target for folks like Rush Limbaugh so maybe its personal," speculated Schuhman.  "[A]l Gore can say the sun comes up in the morning and goes down at night and Rush Limbaugh would say 'he is a liar.'"

"Maybe its just simply Rush's persona, he is just disagreeable with anything or perhaps its profits... it helps to sell advertisements on the show... or may it's a little bit of both," he continued.

Schuhman added it was "pretty unacceptable" that colleagues at the university  had used the Wall Street Journal and videos of British statesman Christopher Monckton in the classroom to represent the skeptic's view of global warming.

"We need to understand that in this community of educators here at Penn State we have folks that are using the Wallstreet Journal and Christopher Monckton as teaching materials," said Schuhman in a question and answer period following the presentation.  "That's pretty unacceptable."

A Penn State spokeswoman declined to answer enquiries from Campus Reform about the nature of the panel in time for publication.

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