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Trenberth – (edited) Skeptics need to shut up or be shot.

Posted by Jeff Id on September 19, 2015

Judith Curry called attention to a fairly important event in climate science.  A number of scientists are calling for the government to prosecute criminally, corporations and individuals who will not agree with the extrapolated gloom and doom conclusions by fake scientists who base their opinions on failed climate models.   These fake government funded scientists have written a letter asking for the senate to use RICO law as a mechanism to prosecute normal scientists, institutions and businesses who won’t agree with their draconian, self-destructive behaviors.

Copied from Judith’s post:

In case you don’t know what RICO is (Wikipedia):

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly referred to as the RICO Act or simply RICO, is a United States federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. The RICO Act focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows the leaders of a syndicate to be tried for the crimes which they ordered others to do or assisted them, closing a perceived loophole that allowed a person who instructed someone else to, for example, murder, to be exempt from the trial because he did not actually commit the crime personally.

RICO was enacted by section 901(a) of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970 While its original use in the 1970s was to prosecute the Mafia as well as others who were actively engaged in organized crime, its later application has been more widespread.

The letter to congress is as follows:

Letter to President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, and OSTP Director Holdren

September 1, 2015

Dear President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, and OSTP Director Holdren,

As you know, an overwhelming majority of climate scientists are convinced about the potentially serious adverse effects of human-induced climate change on human health, agriculture, and biodiversity. We applaud your efforts to regulate emissions and the other steps you are taking. Nonetheless, as climate scientists we are exceedingly concerned that America’s response to climate change – indeed, the world’s response to climate change – is insufficient. The risks posed by climate change, including increasing extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and increasing ocean acidity – and potential strategies for addressing them – are detailed in the Third National Climate Assessment (2014), Climate Change Impacts in the United States. The stability of the Earth’s climate over the past ten thousand years contributed to the growth of agriculture and therefore, a thriving human civilization. We are now at high risk of seriously destabilizing the Earth’s climate and irreparably harming people around the world, especially the world’s poorest people.

We appreciate that you are making aggressive and imaginative use of the limited tools available to you in the face of a recalcitrant Congress. One additional tool – recently proposed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse – is a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) investigation of corporations and other organizations that have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change. The actions of these organizations have been extensively documented in peerreviewed academic research (Brulle, 2013) and in recent books including: Doubt is their Product (Michaels, 2008), Climate Cover-Up (Hoggan & Littlemore, 2009), Merchants of Doubt (Oreskes & Conway, 2010), The Climate War (Pooley, 2010), and in The Climate Deception Dossiers (Union of Concerned Scientists, 2015). We strongly endorse Senator Whitehouse’s call for a RICO investigation.

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.

Sincerely,

Jagadish Shukla, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Edward Maibach, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Paul Dirmeyer, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Barry Klinger, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Paul Schopf, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
David Straus, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Edward Sarachik, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Michael Wallace, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Alan Robock, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
William Lau, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
T.N. Krishnamurti, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Vasu Misra, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Ben Kirtman, University of Miami, Miami, FL
Robert Dickinson, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Michela Biasutti, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY
Mark Cane, Columbia University, New York, NY
Lisa Goddard, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY
Alan Betts, Atmospheric Research, Pittsford, VT

Every name on this list is essentially a modern day Nazi.   These are evil people who have no idea the damage they do NOR DO THEY CARE.   They are small minded morons who think with their feelings instead of their minds.  This is a blatant call for the might of government to suppress not only free speech but correct speech.

I and others have written this so many times but it seems that people never learn.   When you vote for more government, you give up your choices for personal rational decision making, in favor of loss of personal freedom.   The corporations, organizations and ultimately individuals, whom are all already under numerous forms of government attack, will continue to be forced into compliance and will be rewarded financially if they capitulate.  The carrot and stick are both in full visibility. In exchange, the liberal politicians collect money in the form of personal campaign contributions, business favors, and new politically controlled ‘problems’ to discuss on the political trail.   This mechanism extends through both parties but primarily exists in the democrat party as they are able to OPENLY demand more government whereas faux conservatives must pretend to not notice the governmental creep.

I’ve written it before, and will  continue to write it again as we come closer to a serious election cycle.   Judith (and plenty of other people) deserves what she gets because she was duped into voting for it.   I just hope that people wake up and realize that we already have far too much government for our small population before we lose the last pieces of our freedom as we slide into the ugly morass of socialism.  It is late in the game though for America, and pseudo-intellectuals like the moronic signators on this letter deserve to go down first.  In fact, loss of their government jobs is what they deserve for suggesting using a legal loophole for the unconstitutional suppression of reasoned dissent.   Of course they will continue to receive that same government money as they nearly all have university jobs from which they cannot be fired.  They can rest comfortably knowing that it won’t be any of them who suffers the consequences of their economic ignorance.

It will be us.

These same fools have been predicting starvation and doom from population growth for decades.  When we suddenly have starvation again, you can bet the same morons who are currently demanding by legal fiat, that we create intentional economic productivity loss to save humanity, will then blame the very thing they intentionally destroyed for the problems the destruction creates.  The industry which would have otherwise fed them, saved them from war, helped their children grow and learn, provide world class health care, gave them homes and leisure time beyond imagination — free market businesses built by individuals and optimized for best output — will be a shell of its former self.  The reality will be that socialism and the high load of massive government will have been the cause, they will have the power, control of the media, and the universities, and through those mechanisms free market will continue to be assigned the blame.

 


23 Responses to “Trenberth – (edited) Skeptics need to shut up or be shot.”

  1. They are complete morons, because as soon as this whole thing goes before a judicial inquiry it will end up with the climate alarmists ending up in court not the sceptics.

    So bring it on!

  2. o no, now the hoaxers have Forbes believing ’em http://twitter.com/lenapple/status/645360236509986816

    • Jeff id said

      People think this article is too extreme. They would need a license to be more wrong.

      Keep making the wrong decisions for common sense, industry and freedom and we will certainly see where that gets us. people like Judith who expect common sense to take over when it is needed, need to look closer at the things in our govt and others that the populations cannot prevent. Examples are everywhere.

      • Jeff Id said

        I need to write that again. I used an Iphone which I find difficult to express complete thoughts with.

        Those who vote leftist, even on occasion, need to spend more time looking at the things government does that they don’t agree with. Then they need to recognize that money is also decision power. Giving that up limits their control as well. Look at foreign governments, how does Venezuela handle poverty, North Korea. How does Spain handle starting a new business. How does Greece handle its country sized labor union. Do you agree with how law is practiced in the US with respect to drug use. Does it make sense to take extreme measures to stop production of coal electricity when climate models are completely debunked and the warming effect of CO2 appears very mild.

        You have no control. You have signed away your right to common sense based on a belief that other people will operate in the long term on the basis of common sense rather than increased personal power and wealth. You have signed away your control to people with the power to destroy you, take your family from you, imprison you indefinitely, stop your speech, and you will need to literally Kill them in order to get it back because THEY WILL NOT GIVE IT BACK TO YOU FREELY!! In the near future, they will have taken your weapons from you as well.

        Name one instance in history where a government gave back your freedom.

        You can’t because they simply don’t. This post is not extreme in any way. It is too tame. People are too complacent after a century of easy free market living. They imagine it works everywhere. That somehow it was accidental that we achieved such nice lives. America is drifting into poverty. The signs are everywhere, and the war on those still successful is just beginning. While many of the successful will lose, one hundred percent of the middle class and lower class people will lose.

        I really can’t believe that otherwise apparently smart people can’t see something so blatantly obvious, but when you are immersed in a university environment of left-wing extremism, like muslim training camps, apparently people will believe anything.

        • Gary said

          “Name one instance in history where a government gave back your freedom.”

          It could be argued that freedom was expanded by the American colonies and the Lincoln presidency. But not for long. Government began chipping away at it immediately, at different levels and in difference areas. Interesting that both cases involve wars. So you’re right — freedom good, government bad.

          FWIW, the instigator of the RICO prosecution idea is Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of RI who used it successfully to convict the mayor of Providence of running a corrupt city hall. The mayor whose shady track record certainly influenced the case never directly benefited according to the evidence, but his henchmen were taped taking bribes. Whitehouse sees the whole issue as political, not scientific, so he wants to use a political tool to get his way.

        • squid2112 said

          Wonderful post Jeff! … and great comments, with only one criticism. You say “.. the warming effect of CO2 appears very mild.”, to which I would argue that there is absolutely NO “effect” to atmospheric or surface temperatures from CO2, other than to perhaps slightly cool. But otherwise, spot on comments and great insight!

          Thanks!

  3. Matthew W said

    Seriously, how far off from the Soviet Union would America be if the liberals actually did only half of what they wanted.

  4. It’s the 1 world gov’t ppl, Illuminati, George Soros/Bilderbergs, Intellectuals/Liberals, they’re going 4 complete world gov’t control! 😱 http://v.gd/Wr3Y0O well @ least they’re doing it 2 a catchy tune 😊

  5. Kon Dealer said

    The following is a list of the culpable which has been recorded for their future trail for Fraud and Crimes against Humanity.

    Jagadish Shukla, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
    Edward Maibach, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
    Paul Dirmeyer, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
    Barry Klinger, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
    Paul Schopf, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
    David Straus, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
    Edward Sarachik, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
    Michael Wallace, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
    Alan Robock, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
    Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
    William Lau, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
    Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
    T.N. Krishnamurti, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
    Vasu Misra, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
    Ben Kirtman, University of Miami, Miami, FL
    Robert Dickinson, University of Texas, Austin, TX
    Michela Biasutti, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY
    Mark Cane, Columbia University, New York, NY
    Lisa Goddard, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY
    Alan Betts, Atmospheric Research, Pittsford, VT

  6. omanuel said

    As the curtain is pulled on the modern Wizard of Oz, “Stalin’s Science,” they are desperately trying to frighten the public with CERN’s pseudo-physics:

    http://wchildblog.com/2015/09/20/nostradamus-warnedcern-will-be-the-destroyer/

    This fantasy physics began after Stalin won WWII during a news blackout of events that changed the course of world history at Konan, Korea in Aug-Sept 1945.

    https://brittius.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/dr-o-manuel-ph-d-stalins-science/

  7. Another Ian said

    Jeff

    If you’re not familiar with John Prine’s song “Common Sense” give it a try

    The refrain is “It don’t make sense that common sense don’t make no sense no more”.

    Which I’ve been waving as the anthem for the 21st century for a while

  8. Adam Gallon said

    Shukla benefits to the tune of $750k/year from this scam.
    http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2015/9/21/muck-and-brass.html

  9. Jeff,
    “You will shut up or be shot”

    Very poor choice of words Jeff. Yes, the people who signed that letter are either morons, disingenuous, or worse. But shot? Over the top, unwise, and could be interpreted as a threat.

  10. timetochooseagain said

    Apparently GMU will now be known for having one of the few good economics programs in the country, and a bunch of loud a-holes in another department who endorse violent thuggery against those who disagree with them.

    It’s an interesting an instructive contrast.

  11. You are describing tyranny by the federal executive and the federal judiciary while the legislature is impotent. The concentration of power into a few hands inevitably destroys individual liberty as has been proven by socialists over and over again.

    Whether it is “National Socialism” or Marxist Communism” makes no difference; the individual must serve the state. Read Hayek’s “Road to Serfdom”.

    There are less pernicious forms of socialism that can be found in countries with a deliberately weak central government (e.g. Switzerland and Denmark). In Denmark only 3.7% of your income goes to the central government………..most of the taxes collected are spent locally.

    Newt Gingrich had the right idea with his “Block Grants” that returned money to the states. What a pity he did not rearrange the tax code so that ~4% of your income tax went to the federal government while the rest went to the state where you live.

    • squid2112 said

      I like the observations within your comment, sans the taxation statements. Why should the federal government (or any government) have the ability to take your money at gunpoint, just to turn around and dole it back out to you in a fashion that THEY see fit? The very idea of taxing production is completely absurd and is one of the biggest problems with our so-called “capitalism”. “Block Grants” are no solution to this problem, and in fact do nothing but encourage more of the same. The very nature of penalizing production is the antithesis of capitalism and free market economics, and cannot conclude as anything but failure. In other words, taxing production will ultimately kill production and the system fails. Historic examples abound.

  12. omanuel said

    According to this report, China has now asked the UN to regulate the internet:

    http://nworeport.me/2015/10/11/china-asks-world-to-impose-code-of-conduct-on-internet/

    The issue is open for discussion on ResearchGate

    https://www.researchgate.net/post/Should_the_UN_control_the_internet_worldwide

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