Professors: Federal government should totally seek RICO charges against climate change skeptics

posted at 6:41 pm on September 18, 2015 by Taylor Millard

A group of 20 university professors are hoping the federal government will try to prosecute climate change skeptics. The group sent a letter to the White House earlier this month comparing those who are a bit doubtful regarding man-made global warming to the tobacco industry.

We appreciate that you are making aggressive and imaginative use of the limited tools available to you in the face of a recalcitrant Congress. One additional tool – recently proposed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse – is a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) investigation of corporations and other organizations that have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change…The methods of these organizations are quite similar to those used earlier by the tobacco industry. A RICO investigation (1999 to 2006) played an important role in stopping the tobacco industry from continuing to deceive the American people about the dangers of smoking. If corporations in the fossil fuel industry and their supporters are guilty of the misdeeds that have been documented in books and journal articles, it is imperative that these misdeeds be stopped as soon as possible so that America and the world can get on with the critically important business of finding effective ways to restabilize the Earth’s climate, before even more lasting damage is done

Guess it’s time for me to find a lawyer because I’m in the skeptic category when it comes to just how much influence the fossil fuel industry has on climate change. There’s no doubt the Earth cools and warms, but it does this naturally and man-made global warming probably has about 5% of the effect on the climate. It could be more, but it’s doubtful it’s as large as the alarmists want to make it out to be.

At this same time this push shows how the left wants to use government power to crack down on people whose narratives don’t fit their own. Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva tried to find out who was giving research funding to seven professors who weren’t climate change proponents. California Congressman Adam Schiff tried to make it legal for civil suits against gun manufacturers. Houston Mayor Annise Parker tried to get the sermons of pastors who didn’t agree with the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. Democrats sued in 2011 trying to get the Federal Election Commission to reveal who donated what during the 2010 election. President Barack Obama even considered an executive order earlier this year to force federal contractors to disclose if they’re involved in a Political Action Committee. This isn’t suing over a freedom and liberty issue, but suing to keep people silent. It’s something which Hugo Chavez and Vladimir Putin enjoy (or enjoyed in Chavez’ case) doing as a way to shut people up and keep the “oh everything is great” narrative going. It’s a violation of the First Amendment which protects freedom of speech, assembly, and religion.

So what’s the solution? The first is to point out when the Left tries to do something like this and explain why it’s wrong. Unfortunately screaming “CONSTITUTION!” isn’t going to solve anything, so people are to have to be convinced otherwise. This means personalizing the issue. The Right can point out how this crackdown could eventually happen to those who think it’s okay for the government to go after climate change skeptics or gunmakers. Pastor Martin Niemoller had it right when discussing Nazi Germany.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

The slippery slope is real, despite what people may think. Remember the Bush Administration promised the unconstitutional Patriot Act would protect Americans, but Congress had to amend it because it was being abused. Who’s to say it might happen again with some other law meant to “protect us” or “level the playing field.” People have to be vigilant on encroachments of liberty and fight against them. George Marshall and Leonard H. Courtney were right in saying, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” If no one is willing to pay attention and speak out, then things will only get worse. This is why it’s important to support groups like the Institute for Justice, which works hard to fight against government overreach and issues of economic liberty, the First Amendment, and more.

There’s another point to all this: the Right needs to resist the urge to do what the Left does to people who don’t agree with them. This means not suing climate change proponents or a union leader who’s speaking out against right to work reforms. Freedom and liberty has to be protected, even if it involves groups I don’t agree with. If it’s not, then the Right becomes no better than the Left which isn’t going to help anyone.

Clarification (Taylor): As some in the comments section pointed out, it sounds like I’m endorsing the Patriot Act. I’m not in favor of the Patriot Act and have edited the sentence so it can be more clear. My apologies for the confusion.


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anotherJoe on September 19, 2015 at 12:29 PM

This article is about how a bunch of leftist freaks that have gone off the rails and you have to end by lecturing the right on how to behave.

Shame on you!

1791 on September 19, 2015 at 1:08 PM

Understanding The Arctic Ice Recovery

Arctic sea ice is rapidly recovering from its lows in 2007 and 2012. The reason the lows occurred was because starting in 1988, winter winds were blowing a lot of sea ice out into the North Atlantic, where it melted. The loss of thick multi-year ice led to large summer melts.

But since 2011 the winter winds have changed, and there has been a large increase in the amount of thick multi-year ice. This ice is harder to melt in summer, and has led to the higher summer minimums seen in recent years.

https://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2015/07/16/understanding-the-arctic-ice-recovery/

Yup, the whole “melting Arctic ice” thing has been a cycle. Not due to “global warming.” It’s a scam.

The latest ice readings from the Arctic, today: https://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2015/09/19/record-sea-ice-growth-continues/
~
Plus, the greatest place for skeptical climate news and links: Tom Nelson on twitter: https://twitter.com/tan123

anotherJoe on September 19, 2015 at 1:16 PM

Getting in between a scientist and a government grant is very dangerous.

Meremortal on September 19, 2015 at 1:37 PM

The problem isn’t so much that the climate doesn’t change. The problem is that man is quite liable to either have no effect or screw things up royally if he attempts to control the changes.

There is no evidence that some kind of half-assed thermostat can be stuck on the earth to control its temperature changes. Nor is there any evidence that such an action would be a good idea. In fact the idea of “climate control” goes against the very idea of climate change as a natural earth process.

Meremortal on September 19, 2015 at 1:47 PM

I think I’ll change my party affiliation to democrat. No morals, no ethics and if anyone disagrees with you, throw them in jail. It is kind of funny that democrats complain about how we throw to many people in jail and now they want to fill the jails even more with people who’s only crime is disagreeing with liberal leaders.

bandutski on September 19, 2015 at 1:56 PM

This article is about how a bunch of leftist freaks that have gone off the rails and you have to end by lecturing the right on how to behave.

Shame on you!

1791 on September 19, 2015 at 1:08 PM

The whole thing was concocted by John Holdren, who is the most extreme Eco-Nazi in America. A man with zero ethic’s or morals, who believes that the population of the earth should not be above 500 million, but likewise believes that he should not be among the 6 billion who should die to achieve that special Gaia blessed number.

oscarwilde on September 19, 2015 at 2:08 PM

I think we should prosecute people who think that people who disagree with them should be prosecuted.

Marxism is for dummies on September 19, 2015 at 2:22 PM

oakland, I’m still hoping to get you to discuss the science

blink:
I think I need to make something clear to you. We have exchanged before, in the past, and I have learned that you’re really not interested in debates, but rather in belittling and demeaning others (not just me but all those who disagree with you).
My final comment to you – for all time – is this: I do not choose to exchange in degrading terms as you do (nor in promoting your habit in any way). The type of discourse you engage in is demeaning and doesn’t generate any understanding on anyone’s part. If you want the final word, take it. However, I will not be responding – not ever again.

oakland on September 19, 2015 at 2:45 PM

oakland,

What would your estimate of the numbers total of all the wild animals who were out and about in the western hemisphere before Columbus’s voyage be?

How much CO2 would have been emitted by these ?billions?

What would be your estimate of the soot, carbon, ash, ect. sent into the atmosphere by the out of control prairie/forest fires prior to Columbus’s voyage be?

Often burning year round…..see the geologic records.

How did Climate Change things work before man kind was a glint in a salamanders dreams of getting out of the oceans?

Where is Al Gore these days?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 19, 2015 at 3:14 PM

Everything was supposed to have melted 10 years ago. We’re all supposed to be dead.

If the media would ever hold these climate criminals to their predictions they’d be a laughing stock by now.

darwin on September 19, 2015 at 3:15 PM

This article is about how a bunch of leftist freaks that have gone off the rails and you have to end by lecturing the right on how to behave.

Shame on you!

1791 on September 19, 2015 at 1:08 PM

Yup, damned if we do, damned if we don’t…

Fallon on September 19, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Apparently I gather, they are not law professors.

jake49 on September 18, 2015 at 6:44 PM

CORRECT! They are Supreme Court Justices.

Wade on September 19, 2015 at 3:54 PM

Isn’t committing, embracing, and advocating educational / scientific fraud a reason for dismissal – even for a tenured professor? Something as bad as plagiarism?

Athos on September 19, 2015 at 4:17 PM

There is no global warming except Man Made Global Warming and Al-Gore is its Profit(low pressure be upon him) !!!1!!elventy!!

The problem is much worse than it seems. The apostates, blasphemers, and deniers… neigh, elgeneralisimo will call them for what they are, these witches and warlocks have worked their evil black magic to force the Earth into an alternate universe or dimension in which none of the prophecies foretold by the Profit(lpbuh) and the best minds that religion science has to offer come to fruition.

This vile sorcery must be dealt with in the harshest terms possible !!!

elgeneralisimo on September 19, 2015 at 4:27 PM

Just FYI, I’ve requested an edit to my piece to make it more clear I don’t support the Patriot Act. My apologies for any confusion.

Taylor Millard on September 19, 2015 at 4:29 PM

Benchtest: I like this video “Making Dry Ice 1935“, but there’s a bunch to choose from.

Basically dry ice is made by exposing compressed co2 to the air. Co2 evaporates so quickly that it leaves pockets of sub zero temperature behind where if you continue to feed it co2 the gas freezes.

This is what co2 does at 100% ivory pure concentration.

papertiger on September 19, 2015 at 4:39 PM

These leftists quacks should remember that the leader of the french revolution, Robespierre, was in the end beheaded himself……good luck

tractah on September 19, 2015 at 4:42 PM

Wow, these people aren’t from Salem are they?

How like the worst of the Puritain over reachers they are.

History truly does repeat.

Wait, are they thinking they will have a big bon fire and people on polls at the center? Cause that would be appropriate.

petunia on September 19, 2015 at 4:52 PM

My final comment to you – for all time – is this: I do not choose to exchange in degrading terms as you do (nor in promoting your habit in any way). The type of discourse you engage in is demeaning and doesn’t generate any understanding on anyone’s part. If you want the final word, take it. However, I will not be responding – not ever again.

oakland on September 19, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Maybe blink would be willing to put little X’s and O’s throughout and at the end of the comments to you. Or maybe little smiley faces or winks. Would that help?

Bmore on September 19, 2015 at 4:54 PM

It is kind of funny that democrats complain about how we throw to many people in jail and now they want to fill the jails even more with people who’s only crime is disagreeing with liberal leaders.

bandutski on September 19, 2015 at 1:56 PM

That’s the only thing leftists consider to actually be a crime.

GrumpyOldFart on September 19, 2015 at 7:09 PM

Of course, still listen to folks like Anthony Watts and “Lord” Monckton, but balance that by self-informing from sources produced by actual scientific experts (and learn the difference between propaganda and scientific literature). The best defense against deception is to be well-informed.

oakland on September 19, 2015 at 6:49 AM

The problem you’re having here is that the purported “actual scientific experts” are responsible for perpetrating over 129 climate scandals and frauds with activism rather than genuine science.

Additionally, there’s nothing wrong with listening to folks like Anthony Watts or Lord Monckton. Remember, in genuine science it’s proper to attack the argument rather than the arguer.

It never ceases to amaze me how those who profess to “believe” in science know so little about it.

Star Bird on September 19, 2015 at 11:50 PM

My final comment to you – for all time

oakland on September 19, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Ahh yes. If there’s one thing that leftists like oakland and Tlaloc prize above all else it’s dialogue and/or discourse.

Star Bird on September 19, 2015 at 11:53 PM

I’ll go for RICO if there’s a quid pro quo.

Also make it a crime to oppose carbon-free hydroelectric projects, carbon-free coastal windmill farms, and carbon-free nuclear power plants (and the associated Yucca Mountain waste dump).

kd6rxl on September 20, 2015 at 6:54 AM

Let’s demand the White House uses the Rico against environmentalists because I’m sure they’re hiding things from the public that proves climate change is a hoax. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

pjmel on September 20, 2015 at 7:26 AM

A ‘climate scientist’ confides in a colleague:

“You know this CO2 push just isn’t cutting it. Those temps aren’t really rising, heh. If only we could control atmospheric relative humidity, then we’d really have something to point to and actually be authoritative. No more suspicion — we’d never need to ‘adjust’ the data ever again!”

otlset on September 20, 2015 at 8:26 AM

The hundreds of millions of “New Refugees” that we are transplanting all over the globe in area’s that have not had a chance to build up any kind of infrastructure to House, Feed, Educate, Employ all these “Global citizens”….. If I live in a town that already without a single new resident moving into it has no water or means of employment then I fail to see how what these globalists are doing to better anyone’s carbon footprint or social engineering project and therefore SAVING the planet through unfettered migration of epic proportions. WE don’t have jobs for half of our nation as it is and we are going to take on more (Officially) to add to the (Unofficial) masses that are already siphoning many states and city resources.

The United Nations is usurping all manor of independent national rule….. The Obama Administration is transplanting as many global loyalists as they can possible muster….. Kick a citizen to the curb, deny a Veteran benefits, turn away the elderly… but by all means do absolutely everything you can to transport as many People without borders or background checks to our byways, oh, and send the bill to us taxpaying overwrought under assault daily legal citizens. For every new people born here of given a visa, refugee status… Our government should be able to account for how much water, food, etc… we need to have in reserve to take them on, and if they cant account for it…. NO NEW transplants until they can.

ActinUpinTexas on September 20, 2015 at 3:09 PM

Professors: Federal government should totally seek RICO charges against climate change skeptics

Just in case anyone had a doubt that progressives are insane…

cajunpatriot on September 21, 2015 at 9:01 AM

I think the RICO statutes might better be used against the higher education industry. Price fixing? Fill out a FAFSA and let me know what you think. Denial of free speech and due process? Check. Illegal quotas and racial discrimination? Check. Fraud? When administration > teaching, an argument can be made.

Not much need to go further, really.

thefirstMarkD on September 21, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Will someone with good lawyers and tax accountants please FOIA every climate change doc and piece of temp data ever funded by the US government. Please!

We can’t win public opinion without evidence that the government ‘scientists’ are all in on the scam and only looking out for themselves.

strickler on September 21, 2015 at 11:14 AM

George Mason University seems to be a bastion of ignorance and bias. None of those guys seems to be a scientist.

koolbob on September 21, 2015 at 11:13 PM

just for fun, does anyone know of any papers published by the 20???

has anyone audited the money they received in grants?

RonK on September 22, 2015 at 7:05 AM

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