(The Blaze) – A Wisconsin professor recently penned an op-ed for the Providence Journal titled “Climate Change Deniers Deserve Punishment,” suggesting that some opinions are too harmful to public health and safety to merit constitutional protection.
In the piece, Michael E. Kraft, professor of political science and public affairs and of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, wrote:
Scientific findings and associated uncertainties should be scrutinized carefully and debated vigorously within the scientific community and among the public.
However, denying the best scientific evidence we have is neither smart nor safe. It could lead to greater societal harm than if we had taken sensible action when reliable knowledge was first available.
Kraft compared those who “rejected established climate science” and the effects of burning fossil fuels to tobacco companies who “long denied any causal relation between smoking and disease even when their own studies showed the opposite to be true.”
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