Liberty Oilfield Services CEO Likens Climate Change Science to Eugenics

(Uh… — Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Speaking as part of a business panel hosted by Colorado Chamber of Commerce, Liberty Oilfield Services CEO Chris Wright was asked to name the biggest threat to his business. Wright responded by citing a “rising sense of fear and panic,” before giving a detailed summary of eugenics (culminating in the Holocaust), and then comparing it to modern climate science.

The Colorado Chamber’s annual luncheon featured keynote speaker U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO).

The event, titled “Business Elevated: Industries Driving the Colorado Economy,” included a panel discussion, moderated by Denver Business Journal reporter Ed Sealover, among business leaders on key political and policy issues impacting industries in Colorado.

Colorado Chamber Chair Stacey Campbell of Campbell Litigation, P.C. and HCA Healthcare Continental Division CEO Sylvia Young joined Gardner and Wright on the panel. GE Johnson CEO Jim Johnson was initially listed as participating, but did not attend. Both Wright and Johnson are five-figure donors to the Colorado Republican party.

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For his first question, Sealover asked the business panelists to identify the biggest threat to their industry. Campbell talked broadly about the rising minimum wage, and Young discussed government interference and overreach in healthcare industry.

Then it was Wright’s turn. He began with the big picture, “We have a rising sense of fear and panic and this is a very dangerous environment for decision-making.” Then he proceeded to give a detailed historical summary of eugenics, noting that it was broadly supported by the academic and political communities of the time. He called that insane and noted that “it was taken too far –to extremes– in Europe” (a reference to the Holocaust). Wright then compared it to modern climate change science.

  Read the full transcript below:

CHRIS WRIGHT: What worries me the most is we have a rising sense of fear, of pessimism, even of panic. And this is a very dangerous environment for decision-making. This is — this happens a lot with crowds. You know, when you get large societies.
A hundred years ago, the United States and Western Europe and the Western world was incredibly spun up about eugenics. We had two US presidents speak out positively about eugenics. Harvard, Stanford, Princeton researched on it. The American Academy of Sciences and the American Medical Association endorsed that eugenics was an issue we needed to pursue to save the human race.
So these are insanely outrageous things. Thousands of people — well over 10,000 people in this country — were involuntary sterilized to save us. Obviously, it went to far greater extremes in Europe.
When people believe that the survival of the world is at stake, It justifies almost anything. And that’s what we brought.
That’s where we’re going right now. This worries me tremendously. I have researched and spoken on climate change for ten years. It is a complicated subject. It is a real subject. There are real impacts. It is a very meaningful issue we should engage on. But the dialogue on it today is almost completely divorced with the facts and the data.
The IPCC is referenced as the authority, but the people speaking never actually really look at those reports. The planet is warm, we increase CO2 in the atmosphere.
There is a number of very real things about it, but let me give one example of the insanity that you hear: Extreme weather — extreme weather today — 90% less [fewer] people per year die from extreme weather events than a century ago. The population of the world has quadrupled. It has plummeted like a stone for a century.
This is not because extreme weather has disappeared or declined. In fact, it shows no trend at all. But its [the planet’s] wealthier, energy-endowed humans are much more robust and prepared for these things.
So, there is a very real issue here, but it’s being discussed in a way devoid of facts. It is entirely emotional. It’s a very dangerous decision-making. And like in all of these things, who are the biggest victims? Low income people, not with power and not without a voice. And that’s happening today.
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  1. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    An oilfield services exec wants to say deaths are down — okay, I think we've got pretty decent numbers and if you don't count heat related deaths, I can buy that the total number of deaths may have declined, and would agree the number relative to the overall population is certainly down.  But then he says:  "This is not because extreme weather has disappeared or declined. In fact, it shows no trend at all." 

    World Health Organization disagrees:

    Globally, the number of reported weather-related natural disasters has more than tripled since the 1960s. Every year, these disasters result in over 60,000 deaths, mainly in developing countries." 

    The EPA has pretty solid records of the past 100 years in the United States, and they conclude

    The prevalence of extreme single-day precipitation events remained fairly steady between 1910 and the 1980s but has risen substantially since then. Nationwide, nine of the top 10 years for extreme one-day precipitation events have occurred since 1990. The occurrence of abnormally high annual precipitation totals (as defined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has also increased." 

    Union of Concerned Scientists has a pretty clear summary, too.

    Over the past decade, researchers have found strong evidence showing that climate change increases the frequency and intensity of events like extreme heat and extreme rainfall from hurricanes. For other events like tornadoes or drought periods with little or no rain, the evidence is currently weaker."

    And the IPCC, a source mentioned by the speaker, has this to say:

    “A changing climate leads to changes in the frequency, intensity, spatial extent, duration and timing of extreme weather and climate events, and can result in unprecedented extreme weather and climate events,” reports the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

  2. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Invoking Godwin's Law at the start of your argument is a losing proposition. 

  3. spaceman65 says:

    Demonstrating that he understands neither eugenics nor climate science.  Wanker.  

  4. kwtreekwtree says:

    In his continual quest for friendly audiences,

    Gardner boasted in his weekly newsletter about meeting with another Chamber of Commerce, in Rifle.

    I’m just taking a wild guess that this meeting wasn’t widely publicized….any of you Garfield County folks heard of it?

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