Via: DesmogBlog: U.S. Senators Introduce Amendment, Call On Fossil Fuel Industry To End 'Climate Denial and Deception' - Democratic U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Ed Markey (MA) and Brian Schatz (HI) introduced an amendment into the energy bill yesterday intended to express Congress’s disapproval of the use of industry-funded think tanks and misinformation tactics aimed at sowing doubt about climate change science...Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joined the amendment as a co-sponsor once it was introduced.
Meanwhile in Canada, there were calls to jail climate skeptics.
See: Green Activist David Suzuki: Climate Skeptics ‘should be thrown in jail’
Claiming ‘sophisticated campaigns of misinformation’ are in use to ‘mislead the public’ on climate change, Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, announces the introduction of his amendment to crack down on the climate change ‘denial apparatus’.
SENATOR SHELDON WHITEHOUSE – (D-RI) – US Senate – February 3, 2016: “So this is why I’ve introduced an amendment declaring the Sense of the Senate disapproving corporations and the front organizations that they fund to obscure their role, that deliberately cast doubt on science in order to protect their own financial interests, and urging the fossil fuel companies to cooperate with investigations that are now ongoing into what they knew about climate change and when they knew it.”
Read the full Senate resolution.
Via: DesmogBlog: U.S. Senators Introduce “Merchants of Doubt” Amendment Into Energy Bill, Call On Fossil Fuel Industry To End Climate Denial and Deception – Democratic U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Ed Markey (MA) and Brian Schatz (HI) introduced an amendment into the energy bill yesterday intended to express Congress’s disapproval of the use of industry-funded think tanks and misinformation tactics aimed at sowing doubt about climate change science…Senators Introduce “Merchants of Doubt” Amendment Into Energy Bill, Call On Fossil Fuel Industry To End Climate Denial and Deception
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joined the amendment as a co-sponsor once it was introduced…
“It is the sense of the Senate that according to peer-reviewed scientific research and investigative reporting, fossil fuel companies have long known about the harmful climate effects of their products,” the amendment reads…Although it doesn’t name specific companies, the amendment is surely inspired by recent revelations about ExxonMobil’s early and advanced knowledge of the role of fossil fuels in driving climate change — which was followed by the company’s subsequent, unconscionable climate science denial efforts.
Dem Senators introduce resolution targeted at climate skeptics
This is not the first time Senator Whitehouse has sought to go after climate skeptics. See:
Green Activist David Suzuki: Climate Skeptics ‘should be thrown in jail’
Suzuki: ‘I really believe that people like the former Prime Minister of Canada should be thrown in jail for willful blindness. If you’re the CEO of a company and you deliberately avoid or ignore information relevant to the functioning of that company, you can be thrown in jail… And to have a Prime Minister who for nine years wouldn’t even let the term ‘climate change’ pass his lips! If that isn’t willful blindness, then I don’t know what is.’
Video: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Wants To Jail His Political Opponents – Accuses Koch Brothers of ‘Treason’ – ‘They ought to be serving time for it’ – Kennedy Jr. on climate skeptics: ‘I wish there were a law you could punish them with. I don’t think there is a law that you can punish those politicians under’
Reviews are in! Skeptic Morano as villain in warmist film is ‘terrifyingly impressive, sadistic’ – ‘The doc’s most engaging character’ – ‘A magnificent antihero, a cheery, chatty prevaricator’ – ‘Slick’ – ‘Scary’ – ‘A loathsome mercenary’ – ‘Sleazy spin doctor’
New Warmist film by Sony Pictures, ‘Merchants of Doubt’, portrays Marc Morano as evil nemesis/arch-enemy of climate change promoters – Morano is ‘a grinning-skull nihilist’
Global warming movies sets out to smear skeptics, but ‘features ‘a semi-affectionate portrait of professional attack dog Marc Morano’
[Note: The other upcoming documentary, Morano’s skeptical global warming documentary, ‘Climate Hustle’ ,is set to rock climate debate – Release set for later in 2015. Climatologist Dr. Judith Curry: ‘Morano’s film Climate Hustle; check out the trailer. Seems to more entertaining anyways than ‘Merchants of Doubt.’…Stay tuned…]
‘Merchants of Doubt’ director pushing to ban Morano & other skeptics from TV!
New York Times: Morano exemplifies ‘slickness, grandiosity & charm’
New York Times: ‘Morano is a cheerful and unapologetic promoter of climate-change skepticism’
Wash. Post: ‘Morano is, arguably, the star of film’ – ‘Morano makes for a jocular — and weirdly unapologetic — advocate for what can only be called ignorance’ – ‘I’m not a scientist,’ Morano jokes, flashing a huge, telegenic grin, ‘but I play one on TV.’
Morano in starring role as villain in warmist film ‘Merchants of Doubt’
Climatologist Dr. Judith Curry: ‘Morano is actually quite broadly knowledgeable about climate science and the associated politics’
Warmist review of Merchants Of Doubt criticizes film for being ‘swindled by the charm of charismatic talking heads’ like Morano
Warmist Naomi Oreskes: ‘People like Morano have made a career out of being contrarians, and they are very good at it. When a scientist comes up against a well-trained, savvy person, scientists will always lose in the debate.’
Warmist Randy Olson laments: ‘Wish the enviros had someone comparable to Morano, but they don’t’
TV villain slogan: “If only he’d used his powers for good, instead of for evil.”
Morano responds to tobacco smear: ‘The warmists have it exactly backwards. It is the global warming proponents who are guilty of the tobacco tactics.’ See: Flashback: Warmists’ mimic tobacco industry tactics: ‘Like tobacco industry, Warmists’ manufactured uncertainty & fear by stridently proclaiming certainty & consensus based on dubious & uncertain modeled results predicting disastrous consequences of a warmer climate’
Only In My Backyard: Warmist Dem Sen Whitehouse backs $700 million fossil fuel plant for R.I. – Democrat Senator Whitehouse: ‘I don’t think that it’s valuable from Rhode Island’s perspective to make Rhode Islanders pay high winter gas prices.’ Will support “despite his long-standing concern over the impact of climate change’ Activists environmental groups ‘such as Save the Bay and the League of Conservation Voters are understanding about his position on the project.’
Emails Suggest Dem Sen. Whitehouse Is Behind The Effort To Prosecute Global Warming Skeptics
Dem Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse: ‘Civil RICO would only make Exxon & others tell the truth…the Constitution doesn’t protect fraud’
Rasmussen Poll: 27% of Democrats favor prosecuting ‘global warming’ skeptics – 63% of all Americans say debate is not over
Physicist Dr. Lubos Motl: ‘The incredibly indefensible prosecution of Exxon’ – ‘What these environmentalist loons managed to find out was one employee who was saying the same thing that has turned to a widespread ideology among the leftists in the early 21st century. There was not even a proper paper published anywhere. There was not even a paper. It was an opinion or a hobby of one scientist – a guy who has no publication record that would be related to climatology.’
Report: New York’s Attorney General Is Investigating Exxon
Skeptical Climate Scientists Fire Back at RICO 20 Colleagues: Demand Investigations Against Their Warmist Accusers – Climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer, a former NASA scientist: ‘I would like to see RICO investigations for people on the other side of this. People who have been pushing for energy policies for people that we know will kill them. And they know that, and yet they have hidden that information from the public and from politicians for the purposes of advancing an agenda.’ – Climatologist Dr. Judith Curry: ‘It looks like climate scientists are going to be spending more time in courts. This never occurred to me until three or four months ago.’
Lawmakers Probe Taxpayer-Funded Academic Who Wants Obama to Prosecute Climate Skeptics Under RICO
Soviet-Style Tactics? William Happer, a Princeton University physicist, has another idea. Instead of launching RICO probes against dissenting scientists and others who raise legitimate questions about government-funded global warming research, Happer told The Daily Signal, policymakers should take a hard look at the “Lysenko cult” that held sway in the days of the Soviet Union. “There are honest climate scientists today who are trying to straighten out the contradictions between climate models and observations, just as there were honest biologists in the Soviet Union who had the courage to speak out against Lysenko’s cult,” Happer said