NSW Premier Nathan Rees compared climate change sceptics to Nazi appeasers as he addressed a roomful of scientists at the Eureka Awards last night.
In a speech about good policy based on good science, Mr Rees said it was important not to ignore the messages scientists were giving about the environment.
''The threat of climate change is catastrophic. In fact, the current wave of climate change scepticism smacks of 1930s-style appeasement: 'Hide under the blankets and it will go away'. But it won't go away.'
"As Nicholas Stern reported three years ago, that approach only invites catastrophe.