Jonah Goldberg

The No. 1 movie in America today is a fun, family-friendly romp of a cartoon about sending Jews to the gas chamber.

Just kidding.

It's actually the movie "Cars" by Pixar. But according to some people, there's not much difference. Indeed, the No. 1 movie in the hearts of liberals and environmentalists is "An Inconvenient Truth," starring Al Gore, a man who believes that the threat posed by the internal combustion engine is not only the gravest peril mankind faces, but that defeating it is a moral imperative equal to stopping the Holocaust.

Gore is both serious and consistent on this point. In his 1992 book "Earth in the Balance," he wrote that "today the evidence of an ecological Kristallnacht is as clear as the sound of glass shattering in Berlin." He repeatedly refers to the unfolding ecological holocaust" and invokes Martin Niemoller's famous quote ("When the Nazis came for the Communists, I remained silent; I was not a Communist. ... When they came for the Jews, I did not speak out; I was not a Jew. ...") to label himself and other environmentalists "the new resistance."

In "An Inconvenient Truth" and in interviews, Gore sticks to his guns. He quotes Churchill's warning about the gathering storm of fascism and declares: "The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place we are entering a period of consequence."

In interviews, Gore calls global warming skeptics "deniers" with an acid surely intended to conjure comparison to Holocaust deniers.

Of course, Gore isn't alone. The people of good will who raise relevant and sober-minded questions about global-warming scaremongering are subjected to vicious character assassination on a daily basis. Scott Pelley of "60 Minutes" recently asked why he should interview skeptics of the new environmental groupthink: "If I do an interview with Elie Wiesel, am I required as a journalist to find a Holocaust denier?"

There's no need to revisit the arguments about the science of global warming. Let's give Gore et al. the benefit of the doubt and stipulate that they're right about their worst-case scenario hysteria. Let's also give them the benefit of the doubt that they actually believe global warming is the moral equivalent of the Holocaust.

Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online,and the author of the book The Tyranny of Clichés. You can reach him via Twitter @JonahNRO.
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