Twenty scientists from research centers and universities have penned a letter to President Obama asking him to prosecute global warming skeptics under the RICO Act.
The RICO Act is usually employed by federal prosecutors to go after mobsters and drug cartels, although it has also been used against pro-life groups.
It appears that as global warming hysterics are losing the argument, they are getting more and more desperate. Earlier this year, Democrats in Congress suggested the RICO Act be used for similar purposes, with one congressman even organizing a witch hunt to drive global warming skeptics from college campuses.
Scientists from several universities and research centers even asked Obama to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to prosecute groups that “have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change.”
RICO was a law designed to take down organized crime syndicates, but scientists now want it to be used against scientists, activists and organizations that voice their disagreement with the so-called “consensus” on global warming. The scientists repeated claims made by environmentalists that groups, especially those with ties to fossil fuels, have engaged in a misinformation campaign to confuse the public on global warming.
“The actions of these organizations have been extensively documented in peer-reviewed academic research and in recent books,” the scientists wrote.
But these riled up academics aren’t the first to suggest using RICO to go after global warming skeptics. The idea was first put forward by Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who argued using RICO was effective at taking down the tobacco industry.
“In 1999, the Justice Department filed a civil RICO lawsuit against the major tobacco companies… alleging that the companies ‘engaged in and executed — and continue to engage in and execute — a massive 50-year scheme to defraud the public, including consumers of cigarettes, in violation of RICO,’” Whitehouse wrote in the Washington Post in May.
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“We strongly endorse Senator Whitehouse’s call for a RICO investigation,” the scientists wrote to Obama. “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,” the scientists added.
Calling these bozos “scientists” is like calling an astrologer a cosmologist. If scientists throughout history had had their mindset, mankind would still be looking to invent the wheel.
In short, they are the “anti-scientists” who are not only trying to deny people who disagree with them a forum to initiate a debate, but are actively seeking to punish apostates because they disagree with many of the near-religious tenets of global warming advocates.
Just what are they afraid of? They already stifle, belittle, and rage against the work of skeptics, keeping their papers out of journals, attacking them on campus, denying them tenure, and driving them out of their chosen field. Next comes jail. What’s after that, the stocks? Perhaps they would want to execute a few of the skeptics to make an example of them.
The irony is that the hysterics, who no doubt pride themselves on being good scientists, have just proved they are not scientists at all, but rather shills for a theory based on predictive models that have so far shown themselves to be wildly inaccurate.