Leading commenter Barry Woods to invoke
by Norwegian philosopher Trygve Lavik:This begs an interesting question : how many people would die if the burning of fossil fuels were to stop today?
... climate denialism is a crime against present and future generations. If the widespread practice of climate denialism prevents actions to stop the burning of fossil fuels, the result will be runaway climate change that will kill tens of millions. In other words, climate denialism may kill people in the future, in a way that Holocaust denial, of course, cannot.
The IPCC has diligently defined declining fossil fuel use trajectories that aim to limit CO2 rise to specific annual values. in 2008, I ran the numbers for one limiting CO2 rise to one part per million per year, which divided by current population, equals a per capita ration of about 575 grams of fossil carbon a day. As this dimensional analysis was done before Lavik's essay was written, converting it into a body count is left as an exercise for climate marchers & armchair moral philosophers--