Some of us have been calling for the RICO prosecution of deniers for over a decade now.
People who like to pretend that they're arm chair theories about how climate works are somehow a match for the decades of research by scientists may be shocked at this notion, but RICO is the appropriate law to bring to bear.
The deliberate, bad faith denial of human caused climate change will be the worst crime in terms of numbers of deaths, political upheaval, cost and irreversibility of damages ever perpetrated by any group of criminals ever, including the internet's own favorite, The Third Reich.
Denier are terrorists. In the case of the Koch brothers, I believe they are systematically promoting and funding denialism as a way of creating a disaster so large, centralized governments won't be able to deal with it and will therefore collapse.
They KNOW it's true, their own studies which they commissioned to investigate human caused climate change TOLD them it was true. But these are people who tried in the 80s to run for President on a platform of abolishing the FBI, the CIA and all the rest of government. They are sworn enemies of the United States government, our government, my government, and they seek to destroy it *through any means necessary, including genocide via climate change*.
That's terrorism and they're terrorists as are the rest of the denial machinery.
What they think is we're going to stand around with our collective dick in our hands while they inch us closer to a disaster so big, it destroys the United States. What the reality is is the government has a duty to protect its citizens against all enemies foreign AND domestic and that's all the "go" justification they need. We don't need to vote on whether they're terrorists, we need to decide that they are and act. That's how this works.
The architects of climate denial need to be dealt with by any means necessary to stop them, no matter what. The question is not IF it should be done, the question is how can it best be done with the least disruption to the fabric of civil society.
Towards that goal absolutely everything is on the table without exception; techniques and exploits usually reserved for foreign nationals are completely within bounds given the nature of the threat and the proven intractibility of the enemy terrorists, who reside within this country and worse, are citizens and worse are well known, well funded, well organized and worse have assumed the camoflage of civil liberties organizations.
Get this, deniers. The United States government is not going to sit idly by while you destroy human civilization as we know it because you think you've found some Constitutional loophole - "you're citizens and you have the right to your free speech rights!" - big enough to drive the explosive laden truck called "climate change" through.
No, they're going to treat you like they treat all terrorists who seek to destroy our way of life. In this case it may mean "no fingerprints" but that's a purely technical matter.
Not only do RICO laws apply, but they extend to all the "civic organizations" and individuals without exception. The government has a right and a duty to neutralize and defund all terrorists. In this case I propose in addition to RICO "financial decimation" whereby all assets owned by these terrorists including those transferred at any point in time, past, present or future to any co-conspirator, associate, cohort, group, organization, family member or individual be confiscated along with those normally accessible by RICO. Seizing funds and assets this broadly them sends a clear signal: there is no way to benefit from attacking the United States and by doing so, everything you've ever done is voided without exception. That's the signal we need to send. Your business associates, your buddies, your familiy- none of them can safely accept your money. Terrorist money is not fungible- it is forever tainted. The cost to offset climate change is astronomical and the individuals, organizations and companies which historically worked to thwart dealing with climate change must be forced to differentially bear that cost.
Destroying human civilization for your own greed and ideology is more than a crime against (our) humanity. It's a crime against existence, against all life. It's more than mass murder, it's even more than genocide. In fact, it's a crime so vast and evil we don't even have the concepts or language to express it. But we'll rise to the occasion, just as we did after the Nazi atrocities.
Back then Crimes Against Humanity was just an idea kicking around academic circles. What the Nazis THOUGHT was they can't be tried for obeying the laws of their own country. What they found out was, well, yes civilization WILL try you for exactly that, even if it has to create a new class of crime, then retoractively charge you with it.
That's what happens when this level of criminals think they've got some legal loophole through which they can commit their crimes. Society turns that loophole into a noose.
Because guess what, criminals. the world order through which you draw your power will change. And your power base will crumble in your lifetimes. And in its stead will be the outraged, the aggrieved- your vicitms. And they will have their justice because they will define what justice is. And because you're the head of ExxonMobile or Shell or BP or on they're boards TODAY and TODAY you're rich and well protected by money and connections doesn't mean you won't swing tomorrow. And because you have absolute immunity for whatever acts you take in an official capacity as a lawmaker TODAY doesn't mean a future Congress and courts won't find the actions you did take today to be, prima-facia, depraved and indifferent to humanity.
There are few absolutes, save these- that the law will go where ever criminals make it go and take whatever shape criminals make it take. That the Constitution is not a suicide pact. That the United States will take whatever action it needs to take to stop against whatever enemy seeks to harm it in whatever form that harm may take.
Once again, for the thousandth time, as a U.S Citizen speaking for the benefit of myself and of all U.S. citizens both alive and yet to be born I publicly petition my government to treat climate change deniers as the terrorists they are. I petition it to disrupt, de-fund, deny and destroy the financial, social, media, and political networks by which they sustain themselves. To treat them as the terrorist they are, without respect to their social positions, offices held, wealth or public notoriety. To explicitly go onto the field of battle, the battle they have been waging for decades, and fight this like the literal war for the survival of our nation that it is.