To This Senator, Global Warming Skeptics Are Like John Gotti

June 4, 2015 in News by Slad

“The climate models they base their argument on have failed. The storms they predicted haven’t arrived. The snow hasn’t stopped. The poles aren’t melting. A look around the world simply fails to turn up any of the disasters they’ve predicted. So they’re having to go to great lengths to keep the story alive.”

Source: Investors.com
BY KERRY JACKSON 06:02 PM ET

AU.S. senator wants to use federal organized crime laws against skeptics of man-made global warming. Nothing says desperation quite like a politician hoping to criminalize a difference of opinion.

In a Washington Post op-ed, Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse charges in against what he calls “the climate denial network.” This group, he says, is behind a “a massive and sophisticated campaign to mislead the American people about the environmental harm caused by carbon pollution.” His solution? Prosecute the network with “the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO.”

Because RICO laws — which were enacted to break up the mob — had been used to crush the tobacco industry, Whitehouse finds them handy for throwing “the climate denial network” in the dock. After all, he says, “the parallels between what the tobacco industry did and what the fossil fuel industry is doing now are striking.”

The Democrat admits that he doesn’t “know whether the fossil fuel industry and its allies engaged in the same kind of racketeering activity as the tobacco industry.” But his message is clear. Prosecute to persecute those who don’t agree with him.

 

 

Whitehouse’s public fretting isn’t a shock. Those who keep holding onto the man-made climate change story have been desperate for some time. The climate models they base their argument on have failed. The storms they predicted haven’t arrived. The snow hasn’t stopped. The poles aren’t melting. A look around the world simply fails to turn up any of the disasters they’ve predicted. So they’re having to go to great lengths to keep the story alive.

How long this will go on, we don’t know. Those who believe that man is warming the planet to a disastrous end are a stubborn lot. They won’t let go easily.

But of this we’re certain: Their argument isn’t — to use one of their favorite words — sustainable.