Government Lackeys Calling Themselves “Scientists” Demand Imprisonment of Global Warming Skeptics

When the point of science was to find objective truth, skepticism was regarded as essential. Now the point of science is to advance liberal policy. Soon skepticism may land ideologically noncompliant scientists in prison. Professor Judith Curry is former Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and President of Climate Forecast Applications Network. She is right to be alarmed:

Scientists have many important roles to play in preparations for the upcoming UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris. Some are working hard to clarify uncertainties in the science, others on developing and evaluating alternative climate policies.

One group of climate scientists is trying a different approach. Dismayed by what they see as a lack of progress on the implementation of climate policies that they support, these 20 scientists sent a letter to the White House calling for their political opponents to be investigated by the government.

In particular, they are voicing their support of a proposal by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) for a RICO investigation of fossil fuel corporations and their supporters, who the scientists allege have deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, with the consequence of forestalling America’s response to reducing carbon emissions.

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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.”

Racketeers don’t carry Tommy guns in fundamentally transformed America. They are scientists alleged by leftist authorities to be doing the bidding of the energy industry.

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.

Before long Dr. Soon’s scientific findings may constitute a felony.

Seven other climate scientists were the targets of a recent McCarthyite ‘witch hunt’ by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.). I was one of the seven. Rep. Grijalva indicated that I was investigated because of my recent Congressional testimony summarizing peer-reviewed research indicating that the magnitude and impacts of expected warming could be less than generally believed.

None of the Grijalva 7 was found to have engaged in wrongdoing of any sort, yet there have been significant career consequences for some.

Our rulers would like this will be sufficient. Throwing scientists in jail for not going along with a hoax could conceivably generate bad press. But the current climate of intimidation has not been sufficient to silence all dissent.

Liberal totalitarianism is reducing scientists to government lackeys who find what they are told to find in exchange for lavish publicly funded grants. Those who don’t play along with the corrupt farce have their careers ruined and in the near future may face prison. The effect this tyranny will have on scientific progress should be obvious even to a progressive.

Whitehouse would have thrown Galileo in prison.

On a tip from Wiggins. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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