Despite the science being settled on global warming being caused by humans, it did not prevent 20 scientists from urging President Barack Obama to bring global warming skeptics up on charges for fraud using the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). The Daily Caller reports that the scientists who hail from several university and research institutes sent President Obama a letter recently requesting the Justice Department sue groups who have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change.
RICO is a law that is used to take down crime syndicates but a group of scientists wants it used against fellow scientists and groups that disagree with the so-called consensus on human-induced climate change. The researchers echoed assertions made by environmentalists that there is a concerted effort on the part of groups funded by the fossil fuel industry to spread disinformation about climate change. The statues were used in 1999 against the tobacco industry resulting from the controversy surrounding nicotine being an addictive additive to cigarettes.
It has not been easy for climate skeptics and other scientists who disagree with the consensus on climate change. A witch hunt instigated by Arizona Democrat Raul Grijalva who went after universities who employed scientists who dissented on the global warming issue resulted in the termination of climate scientist Dr. Roger Pielke, Jr. who was employed with the University of Colorado.
Congressman Grijalva doesn’t have any evidence of any wrongdoing on my part, either ethical or legal, because there is none, Dr. Pielke posted on his blog. He simply disagrees with the substance of my testimony – which is based on peer-reviewed research funded by the US taxpayer, and which also happens to be the consensus of the IPCC (despite Holdren’s incorrect views).
Climate alarmists are obviously not confident in their conclusions so, consequently, they are resorting to smear tactics and urging the government to bring legal action against climate skeptics and like-minded organizations in an attempt to silence opposition. People like Senator Sheldon Whitehouse who first proposed this idea back in June, climate alarmists and environmentalists specialize in pollution of the mind which seeks to clamp down on critical thought. If I was on the alarmist side of the global warming debate I certainly would think twice about siding with people like Sheldon Whitehouse or EPA chief Gina McCarthy since its clear people like them prefer to form policy based on ideology and not scientific facts.