Criminalisation Of Climate Change Skepticism Gains Approval
A group of climate change scientists are calling the White House to criminalise all forms of ‘climate change skepticism’ in a move that they say will help make progress on climate change policies.
The 20 scientists a showing support of a proposal by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) for a RICO investigation of fossil fuel corporations and their supporters, who they say have deceived the American public on the risks of climate change.
RICO, short for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, is a federal law enacted in 1970 as a crime-fighting tool for use against the Mafia. It includes prison sentences of up to 20 years and seizure of financial assets for those found guilty of such “racketeering.”
Senator Whitehouse singled out one climate scientist, Willie Soon, a solar physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who argues that changes in solar radiation, rather than carbon emissions, are the major force behind global warming.