Singer Paul McCartney compares global warming skeptics to Holocaust deniers
Expressing skepticism about global warming is akin to Holocaust denial, singer Paul McCartney told the British newspaper The Sun last week.
Speaking of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the former Beatle said, "Sadly we need disasters like this to show people ... Some people don't believe in climate warning like those who don't believe there was a Holocaust."
"But the facts indicate that there's something going on and we've got to be aware of it if we want our kids to inherit a decent world, not a complete nightmare of a planet -- clean, renewable energy is for starters," McCartney added.
McCartney also defended U.S. President Barack Obama's handling of the two-month-old crisis.
"I don't accept the criticism of Barack over the oil spill," said McCartney, who met the U.S. president for the first time earlier this month. "I think he's been great. It's tough if we Brits whinge that he's whingeing at us. Tough, then don't spill oil."
McCartney said the spill might spur people to pursue alternative energy sources.
Chris Horner, an environmental policy expert, blasted McCartney's comments.
"Was Posh Spice unavailable? I've seen quite a few reasons to look elsewhere than actors and crooners for deep thoughts on weighty policy matters," Horner said.
A representative for McCartney in London said the singer would have no further comment.