It is shameful to call for criminal prosecution (persecution) of those who disagree with you.

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20 American academics think unorthodox climate views should be subjected to an organized crime investigation.

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Alternative climate perspectives are apparently so intimidating, distressing, and frightening that some people want police to get involved. Yesterday, climate scientist Judith Curryobjected strenuously to a 2-week-old letter sent to US President Obama and US Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Signed by 20 academics, it calls for an investigation under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). When it became law back in 1970, RICO was intended to help authorities convict Mafia leaders of murders they’d ordered but hadn’t personally committed. Those found guilty under this legislation can be sent to prison for 20 years.

A few days ago, I explained that activists frequently accuse those who express unorthodox climate views of being deliberate liars. According to this line of reasoning, skeptics aren’t sincere in their beliefs. They’re just bad people. In league…

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