Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) says that some global warming sceptics should be prosecuted under RICO (the Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations act). He argues that some of the anti-global warming research is funded by energy companies, which is what Big Tobacco did in funding research that played down the health hazards of smoking, which brought down the wrath of RICO. That statute has also been used against pro-life activists, with the approval of the Supreme Court. We are seeing how unpopular ideas can be criminalized.
You have to read the estimable Mark Hemingway’s response to Sen. Whitehouse’s op-ed piece, linked to and excerpted after the jump. [Read more…]