Be careful! If you disagree with the concept of man made global warming you may be prosecuted for your beliefs if Obama and a group of climate change scientists have their way.
From The Daily Caller:
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The demands of the scientists come months after a U.S. Senator originally made the request, echoing his claims.
“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.
The problem isn’t so much the idea that we should go after those who knowingly publish fraudulent information, the problem is there is absolutely no evidence that any organization has done such a thing. The calls for prosecution are simply based on the fact that one group disagrees with another. Prosecuting someone for their opinion, simply because it is different than yours, clearly has extremely many dangerous implications and puts freedom of speech in jeopardy.
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