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20 klimaforskere tror klimaskeptikerne er en konspirasjon

20 klimaforskere ber president Barack Obama og justisminister Loretta Lynch om hjelp. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse utelukker ikke en konspirasjon og foreslår sivilt søksmål mot klimaskeptikere.

President Barack Obama snakker med bl.a. utenriksminister Børge Brende under klimakonferansen Glacier. Foto: Reuters

President Barack Obama snakker med bl.a. utenriksminister Børge Brende under klimakonferansen Glacier. Foto: Reuters

Artikkel av: Stein Ove Haugen
18. september 2015 - 15.29

20 klimforskere med Dr. Kevin Trenberth i spissen vil at president Obama skal iverksette etterforskning av klimaskeptikere.

I et brev til president Obama og justiminister Loretta Lynch ber de om det blir iverksatt en såkalt RICO-etterforskning.

Forskerne argumenterer for at de systematiske forsøkene på å forhindre offentligheten fra å forstå klimaendringene ligner på det vi så i tobakkindustrien, og at det kan være snakk om en klimakonspirasjon.

Og de får støtte i Senatet for sine tanker. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse utelukker ikke en konspirasjon og antyder at et sivilt søksmål kan være en ide for å få frem fakta.

Brevet som forskerne nylig sendte til president Obama og justisminister Loretta Lynch lyder som følger:

Dear President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, and OSTP Director Holdren,

As you know, an overwhelming majority of climate scientists are convinced about the potentially serious adverse effects of human-induced climate change on human health, agriculture, and biodiversity. We applaud your efforts to regulate emissions and the other steps you are taking. Nonetheless, as climate scientists we are exceedingly concerned that America’s response to climate change – indeed, the world’s response to climate change – is insufficient. The risks posed by climate change, including increasing extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and increasing ocean acidity – and potential strategies for addressing them – are detailed in the Third National Climate Assessment (2014), Climate Change Impacts in the United States. The stability of the Earth’s climate over the past ten thousand years contributed to the growth of agriculture and therefore, a thriving human civilization. We are now at high risk of seriously destabilizing the Earth’s climate and irreparably harming people around the world, especially the world’s poorest people.

We appreciate that you are making aggressive and imaginative use of the limited tools available to you in the face of a recalcitrant Congress. One additional tool – recently proposed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse – is a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) investigation of corporations and other organizations that have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change. The actions of these organizations have been extensively documented in peerreviewed academic research (Brulle, 2013) and in recent books including: Doubt is their Product (Michaels, 2008), Climate Cover-Up (Hoggan & Littlemore, 2009), Merchants of Doubt (Oreskes & Conway, 2010), The Climate War (Pooley, 2010), and in The Climate Deception Dossiers (Union of Concerned Scientists, 2015). We strongly endorse Senator Whitehouse’s call for a RICO investigation.

The methods of these organizations are quite similar to those used earlier by the tobacco industry. A RICO investigation (1999 to 2006) played an important role in stopping the tobacco industry from continuing to deceive the American people about the dangers of smoking. If corporations in the fossil fuel industry and their supporters are guilty of the misdeeds that have been documented in books and journal articles, it is imperative that these misdeeds be stopped as soon as possible so that America and the world can get on with the critically important business of finding effective ways to restabilize the Earth’s climate, before even more lasting damage is done.

Sincerely,

Jagadish Shukla, George Mason University, Fairfax, VAEdward Maibach, George Mason University, Fairfax, VAPaul Dirmeyer, George Mason University, Fairfax, VABarry Klinger, George Mason University, Fairfax, VAPaul Schopf, George Mason University, Fairfax, VADavid Straus, George Mason University, Fairfax, VAEdward Sarachik, University of Washington, Seattle, WAMichael Wallace, University of Washington, Seattle, WAAlan Robock, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJEugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland, College Park, MDWilliam Lau, University of Maryland, College Park, MDKevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, COT.N. Krishnamurti, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FLVasu Misra, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FLBen Kirtman, University of Miami, Miami, FLRobert Dickinson, University of Texas, Austin, TXMichela Biasutti, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, NYMark Cane, Columbia University, New York, NYLisa Goddard, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, NYAlan Betts, Atmospheric Research, Pittsford, VT