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Wants to criminalize questioning of the science on global warming

Steve Watson
March 17, 2014

A professor with Rochester Institute of Technology has called for the incarceration of any American who actively disagrees that climate change is solely caused by human activity.

Lawrence Torcello, a philosophy professor with a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, published the comments as part of an essay submitted to the academic website The Conversation.

Torcello argues that malignant individuals, who he does not identify, are collectively organising a “campaign funding misinformation” about climate change. Torcello goes on to suggest that such activity “ought to be considered criminally negligent.”

Adding that “science misinformation” surrounding climate change should be considered a crime, Torcello asks readers to “Consider cases in which science communication is intentionally undermined for political and financial gain.”

He then goes on to cite a case in Italy where six scientists were jailed for failing to “clearly communicate risks to the public” about living in an earthquake zone.

“Imagine if in L’Aquila, scientists themselves had made every effort to communicate the risks of living in an earthquake zone,” Torcello states, asking the reader to consider the consequences if malevolent “financiers” of a “denialist campaign” “funded an organised campaign to discredit the consensus findings of seismology, and for that reason no preparations were made.”

“I submit that this is just what is happening with the current, well documented funding of global warming denialism,” Torcello asserts.

“Climate denial remains a serious deterrent against meaningful political action in the very countries most responsible for the crisis.” the professor adds.

Torcello also addresses the fact that his demands clearly run in opposition to protected free speech under the First Amendment, and as part of other nations’ laws, calling for legal systems to be “updated” by governments.

“We must make the critical distinction between the protected voicing of one’s unpopular beliefs, and the funding of a strategically organised campaign to undermine the public’s ability to develop and voice informed opinions,” he writes.

According to a Gallup poll conducted earlier this month, two thirds of Americans do not believe that the colder temperatures the country has been experiencing is related to human-caused climate change or global warming, (see video above) instead believing that normal seasonal variations are at play.

The “scientific consensus” on the matter says that human activity is a factor in temperature changes, thus under Torcello’s “updated” law, two thirds of Americans would be at risk of being deemed as criminals for expressing these beliefs.

Americans' Experience of Extremes in Local Weather and the Perceived Cause, March 2014

Torcello’s America would also see countless scientists thrown into prison for continually presenting evidence that shows there is no scientific evidence that human activity is causing the planet to warm. The latest to be locked up would be Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, who testified in front of a Senate committee last month that “There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years.”

Moore cited the IPCC’s own figures on global warming which show only a 0.57C temperature increase during the 30-year period from 1970 to 2000. Since then there has been no increase, perhaps a slight decrease, in average global temperature.

Furthermore, the latest temperature data from two U.S. government bureaucracies, NASA and NOAA, verifies that the “pause” or “hiatus” in global warming is still ongoing. If professor Torcello had his way, the scientists involved in those studies would presumably also be imprisoned.


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.


This article was posted: Monday, March 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm


March 11, 2014


DENVER – New Era is hunting for a few “democracy fellows” described as “badass” college kids in Colorado to register voters, advocate for issues such as green energy and elect like-minded candidates.

Like other liberal groups, they’ve found a recruiting niche through CSU Boulder’s Environmental Studies that promotes climate change, global warming and progressive causes.

In addition to left-leaning initiatives, New Era works to elect Democrats such as Sen. Mark Udall, Rep. Jared Polis and state legislators, particularly Rep. Brittany Pettersen of Lakewood, a New Era field director.

“If you know a badass young person who we’d just love, now’s the time to nominate that person!” states the blast email from New Era Colorado. “If you yourself are a badass young person: time to get to work on that application!”

“This program is designed for passionate, driven young folks, college students and recent grads,” pitches New Era. “It’ll be kinda like bootcamp … without the boots, and without most of the mud.”

The summer program will “train even more talented young leaders to step up and claim our generation’s seat at the table.”

New Era’s recruitment mimics MoveOn’s talent search for elite “fracking fighter” warriors to help promote a ban on the fracturing process used in oil and gas production. The groups might have parallel goals, but they’re both on the frontline of the battle to mandate green energy – and eliminate tapping fossil fuels.

“New Era is one of the most exciting efforts to happen to Colorado politics in years,” said Michael Huttner, founder of Progress Now. “They have a secret weapon: making politics both fun and effective. It’s extremely refreshing – and powerful.”

“People don’t really know how to describe New Era Colorado, people with curse words on their shirts?” admits Steve Fenberg, New Era executive director, on a promotional video.

The documentary includes a sign, “If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d f-ck a Senator,” waved by a New Era demonstrator who apparently was concerned that Obamacare’s health coverage for abortion or birth control could be stripped by conservatives.

In fact, New Era seems to encourage provocative ploys like making “Vote F*cker” buttons, and producing signs that broadcast, “Find Your F*cking Polling Place, here!”

The eye-popping slogans aim to attract, register and convert kids on college campuses in Boulder and metro Denver.

“Lobbying isn’t slimy when it’s in the public’s best interest,” asserts New Era, which equates its efforts to “mud wrestling.”

New Era boasts of helping to write and pass legislation for online voter registration, in-state college tuition for undocumented students, Boulder’s initiatives for “clean power” and independence from Excel Energy which actually has one of the rare “platinum” rated LEEDs green energy buildings, and the “fake doctors for real reform” campaign to pass Obamacare.

Generally unknown to Colorado taxpayers is that CU Boulder advertises jobs associated with liberal groups such as New Era and Grassroots Campaigns as well as climate change film festivals, courses, environmental music and internships for the Governors’ Climate & Forest Task Force in Brazil.

The curriculum includes “Environmental Monitoring in an Era of Global Change,” a course that offers a review of historical environmental policies and examines environmental change affecting the Mississippi Delta, snowpack in the San Juan Mountains, vanishing honey bees and the “truth” about wildland fires and floods in Colorado.

“We will pose tough questions to oil execs about climate change (and get answers),” asserts instructor Tyler Jones.

Since December, the CU Boulder website has advertised paid positions and internships offered by New Era and the Grassroots Campaign, whose top clients include the Democratic Party National Committee, Colorado Democratic Party, MoveOn, Common Cause, Amnesty International, the League of Conservation Voters and Center for American Progress.

Grassroots Campaign, which helped elect President Barack Obama, currently is offering $24,000 salaries for field director positions to organize, fundraise and manage canvassers in this election cycle. The “campaign hours can run 60 – 80 hours a week,” according to the ad, but it comes with an “opt into health care plan.”

It’s not clear whether that’s private health coverage or Obamacare.
March 4, 2014


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