Shutting down debate on climate change

jail wikimediaAre you skeptical of human-caused global warming or climate change like many respected scientists and climate experts? Then you should be prosecuted like a Mafia mob boss, according to 20 academics at ivory towers such as Columbia, Rutgers and the University of Washington.

Apparently, these professors either don’t believe in the First Amendment or are profoundly ignorant of the basic rights it protects. They recently wrote an open letter to President Barack Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking for anyone who questions the climate-change dogma to be criminally prosecuted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, because they have “knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change.”

RICO is a federal law passed in 1970 as part of the Organized Crime Control Act. It was intended to be used as a tool to go after organized crime, including dangerous drug cartels and Mafia operations.

The letter-writers believe that any individuals and organizations involved in questioning the “science” behind global warming are the equivalent of the racketeers the RICO law was supposed to stop – racketeers like the kind Marlon Brando portrayed as Vito Corleone in “The Godfather” or Edward G. Robinson played as Enrico “Rico” Bandello in “Little Caesar.” In fact, the acronym for the federal law, RICO, comes from that Edward G. Robinson character.

The professors seem totally oblivious to the fundamental infringement of free speech they are urging. Not only that, but they seem completely insensible to the basic mission of academic institutions, which is to foster, as the University of Washington – where two of the academics who signed this letter teach – mission statement says, “an environment for objectivity and imaginative inquiry and for the original scholarship and research that ensure the production of new knowledge in the free exchange of facts, theories, and ideas.”

These academics are trying to foster the exact opposite of a “free exchange of facts, theories, and ideas.” They want to end all scientific debate.

These academics could also use a remedial course in the history of scientific development. There have been many fierce debates over new scientific theories that have occurred over the past 2,000 years of human development. There are countless examples of theories that became accepted wisdom that later turned out to be completely wrong, in which dissenters from the original “accepted wisdom” were greeted with a range of reactions from skepticism to derision.

Suggesting, however, that so-called dissidents on the climate issue be prosecuted is a whole different story and amounts to a modern-day academic Inquisition.

Have these professors never heard of Galileo Galilei? Galileo was attacked by the Inquisition for advocating the Copernican theory of the universe, which violated the consensus of the times.

Like the supposed “consensus” of the “overwhelming majority of climate scientists” today (which actually isn’t true), these lofty academics know what the absolute truth is about climate change – just like Pope Urban VIII knew what the absolute truth was about the nature of the universe and our solar system.

These academics want anyone who disagrees with their “absolute” truth to be prosecuted, just like Galileo. Should the skeptics be put in prison? Or would these professors be satisfied with the skeptics being confined to house arrest and formally abjuring their errors, as Galileo was?

The final word here is this: The heads of George Mason University, the University of Washington, Rutgers University, the University of Maryland, Florida State University, the University of Miami, the University of Texas at Austin, and Columbia University should be embarrassed to have professors on staff with such a profound ignorance or intentional disregard for the First Amendment.

The need for robust, unchecked, vibrant debate – not just in the university setting, but in American society, culture and politics – has never been greater.

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    JayPee

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    Columbia and a number of other presumed institutions of higher learning have lost considerable prestige and credibility since becoming leftist extremist bastions of arrogance and ignorance.

    Unless you are a screech owl hell-fire breathing Marxist, there is no place for you at their asylums.

    This is what they have become.

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    Amber

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    Good article . Universities need to foster debate
    not try and undermine it with propaganda from
    professors .

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      Me

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      And do you thinnk the churches will do the same? Because it’s pretty much the same,

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      Me

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      And the pope is begging for forgiveness again? Funny how that religion works???

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      Me

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      Maybe, just maybe, we all should say sorry and praise God and beg Jesus for forgiveness for our carbon foot print sins and continue on and do it all over again. No need for a carbon tax, just confess and all is Ok! Just pretend just like all the religions de-jour does and it is all magic and as it was written so it shall be done.

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    john from michigan

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    All this tells me is that the signers of this psychotic letter should be forced to take psychological examinations to see if they are, in fact, the lunatics they appear to be. It is they who should be prosecuted for their ridiculous attacks on reality.

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    Amber

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    The real ‘deniers’ are those that think scientific issues, containing numerous poorly understood variables, should not be debated. Scientists denying the scientific method are not scientists they are faith sellers of the worst type .Teaching
    students to blindly follow their belief system is a
    disservice to students that should demand their money back .

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