Climate science has died. The effects will be big.

When my father was born, a new political trend in Germany was in full swing. A little more than 2 years before is birth, Adolf Hitler became the chancellor of Germany. His rise brought an age of certainty. Certainty about anything. Debatte was reviled, soon criminalized. Anything that questioned the dogma of the party was outlawed and there was a crushing majority consensus that this was a good thing. It all ended in the biggest war of all times and endless human suffering. Could this have been avoided if there were more questioning Hitler? We won’t know. What we know is that when a large group of people is so certain about something that they feel the need to kill any debate, horrible things tend to happen. Suppressing criticism is akin to a dictatorship.

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