Punishing Climate-Change Skeptics
. . . is all about controlling you, your thoughts, and your actions.
"Galileo Galilei was tried in 1633 for spreading the heretical view that the Earth orbits the sun, convicted by the Roman Catholic Inquisition, and remained under house arrest until his death. Today’s inquisitors seek their quarry’s imprisonment and financial ruin. As the scientific case for a climate-change catastrophe wanes, proponents of big-ticket climate policies are increasingly focused on punishing dissent from an asserted “consensus” view that the only way to address global warming is to restructure society—how it harnesses and uses energy. That we might muddle through a couple degrees’ of global warming over decades or even centuries, without any major disruption, is the new heresy and must be suppressed."
Welcome to the 15th century, please check your civil liberties at the door. If the study of climate were a science this would be outrageous, but it is no more science than is the study of astrology, tarot card reading, or palmistry.
"The Climate Inquisition began with Michael Mann’s 2012 lawsuit against critics of his “hockey stick” research—a holy text to climate alarmists. The suggestion that Prof. Mann’s famous diagram showing rapid recent warming was an artifact of his statistical methods, rather than an accurate representation of historical reality, was too much for the Penn State climatologist and his acolytes to bear."
The reality of this is delicious. Mann published the Hockey stick graph, which was quickly held up as proof of catastrophic anthropomorphic climate change (CACC). But Mann did not publish any of the data, or algorithms, or other internals necessary to verify this new data, nor would he release the data. It seems he and others were afraid that others would subject the data to scrutiny, which might disprove their position, and they couldn't have that, so they simply did not release the data. But, hung on his own petard, the data was found by a statistician. It was apparently inadvertently published. The data, according to the statistician, did not support the claim, and here we are, with Mann incensed that someone would presume to contradict him, with his own data!
Mr. Mann’s lawsuit divided climate scientists—many of whom recognized that it threatened vital scientific debate—but the climate Inquisition was only getting started. The past year has witnessed even more heavy-handed attempts to enforce alarmist doctrine and stamp out dissent.
Assuming the mantle of Grand Inquisitor is Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.). Last spring he called on the Justice Department to bring charges against those behind a “coordinated strategy” to spread heterodox views on global warming, including the energy industry, trade associations, “conservative policy institutes” and scientists. Mr. Whitehouse, a former prosecutor, identified as a legal basis for charges that the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, the federal statute enacted to take down mafia organizations and drug cartels."
And scientists, and statisticians who have the temerity to point out that some climate science data is bupkis. I am old enough to remember when the point of science was experimentation, and new discoveries. Once something new was discovered the scientists published their findings so others could vet their work, and then continue with further research, and experimentation. It was all in the hopes of finding new unknown scientific truths, and the system worked cooperatively, and competitively.
But today with the pseudoscience of climate change, all of that is off the table. Mann, and his cronies work in secret, and when they "discover" something new, they issue an edict, which is to inform you what to believe. This is, of course, not science, this is religion. Religion is, after all, any integrated world view, whether whole or partial, which relies in significant portion on faith or belief.
This, comically, brings the discussion full circle, with the climate alarmist taking the role of the Catholic church. Delicious!
Read the rest of the article it is worth your time. Climate change's time on this earth is limited. Pseudoscience always succumbs to the ravages of rational thought eventually, and these apocalyptic religions all collapse the same way. The book, When Prophecy Fails can help one understand this religious experience, and the collapse of the institution.
"When Prophecy Fails  is a classic text in social psychology authored by Leon Festinger, Henry Riecken, and Stanley Schachter. It chronicles the experience of a UFO cult that believed the end of the world was at hand. In effect, it is a social and psychological study of a modern group that predicted the destruction of the world, and the adjustments made when the prediction failed to materialize."
Necessary book to understand the world we live in today.