Here’s a thought experiment.

Climate change is real. The effects of climate change are destructive. People die because of climate change. Businesses lose millions of dollars. Economies lost billions. Some countries are in danger of being completely obliterated.

So, keeping that in mind, should climate change denial be a crime?

It’s amazing how many people will reflexively balk at that idea,1 so let me put it another way. Should it be illegal–for a given definition of “illegal”–for tobacco companies to deny, or at least act as if they deny, smoking causes cancer? Because, spoiler alert: it kind of is, at least in practice (tobacco companies can’t advertise cigarettes as having “health benefits” any more, for example).

So, I ask again: climate change is real and climate change is destructive. Should acting like it isn’t–particularly in the course of enriching ones own interests–be considered criminal negligence?

  1. “Thoughtcrime!” cry the freeze peach bros who’ve never actually read 1984. []