In comments that seem more like a parody but actually are true, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have raised the possibility of jailing skeptics of climate change.
Kennedy famously said in 2014 that he’d favor giving prominent “climate deniers” what he called “three hots and a cot at the Hague with all the other war criminals.” Nye was interviewed for the upcoming film “Climate Hustle,” and refused to distance himself from Kennedy’s comments.
“Was it appropriate to jail the guys from ENRON?” Nye asked. “Was it appropriate to jail people from the cigarette industry who insisted that this addictive product was not addictive and so on? And you think about in these cases — for me as a taxpayer and voter — the introduction of this extreme doubt about climate change is affecting my quality of life as a public citizen.
“So I can see where people are very concerned about this and are pursuing criminal investigations as well as engaging in discussion like this.”
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Climate Hustle, which takes a skeptical look at climate change, will appear in theaters nationwide for one night: May 2.
Kennedy had also said that politicians and business people who deny climate change are “selling out the public trust.”
“Those guys are doing the Koch Brothers bidding and are against all the evidence of the rational mind, saying global warming does not exist,” Kennedy said. “They are contemptible human beings. I wish there were a law you could punish them with. I don’t think there is a law that you can punish those politicians under.”
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