Prof. Richard Lindzen Weighs in on Climate Change, Risking Prison Term?

| April 18 2016

Lindzen NyeWhom should one consult on the science behind climate-change alarmism? MaybeBill Nye, “The Science Guy”? Or maybeRichard Lindzen, MIT Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric Physics?
If you’re a politician, activist, or reporter (Group 3 as Lindzen calls it in the video), you should probably stick with Bill Nye.
Granted, Nye’s credentials aren’t nearly as impressive as Lindzen’s, and he often behaves like a rodeo clown, but he buys in to the climate change hysteria that is so beloved by politicians who seek wealth and power, activists who need a grand cause to champion, and those media that thrive on doomsday headlines.
In fact, Nye says he’s comfortable with jail terms for those who dare to challenge climate change “science”!
On the other hand, if you haven’t bought in to climate-change hysteria just yet, you may want to hear first from Lindzen in the Prager University 5-minute video below. After that, if you still want to jump on the climate-change bandwagon, thereby avoiding a Bill-Nye-recommended jail sentence, at least you’ll have done it with your eyes open.
In one sense, I suppose Lindzen has been a fool. He could have sacrificed his integrity long ago by falsifying data, perverting its interpretation, and/or outright lying in print in exchange for massive federal grants to “prove” the mythical “scientific consensus” about anthropogenic climate change (aka global warming).
Sadly, Lindzen has allowed himself to be swayed by hard data, objective analysis, and thescientific method. Apparently he is among those who insist that:

If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. And if it’s science, it isn’t consensus. 

Too bad for Prof. Lindzen. He could end up in prison next to the other ‘deniers’.
How about you?
Okay, okay, so this article is kind of sarcastic and silly. Imagine comparing a science clown like Bill Nye to a top-tier atmospheric physicist like Richard Lindzen. No one should take this seriously, right?
See also this link or simply Google “climate change deniers Loretta Lynch” and see what comes up.
This is all deadly serious. The US Attorney General is giving serious consideration to prosecuting real scientists who dare to challenge the “settled science” of climate change. What’s next? Ordinary citizens who ask legitimate questions about it?
If American leftists/neo-Marxists/progressives/statists/Stalinists/Maoists/whatever-ists can criminalize scientific inquiry, what do you think they’ll do with political speech they don’t like?
How about:

  • Prosecuting Common Core critics for endangering the welfare of minors?
  • Prosecuting Obamacare critics for creating a public health hazard?
  • Prosecuting open border critics for hate speech?
  • And so on, and so on …

Do you think none of that can happen?
Stick around.
We’re talking Big Government here with over 500 federal agencies and departments, crawling with unelected bureaucrats churning out new regulations every year that have the force of law. Their budgets increase automatically every year. Even Congress, stalwart defenders of We the People, have little power or desire to anything about it. And lawsuits don’t help much — even the Supreme Court sides with the bureaucrats again and again. It’s called “Chevron deference,” and you can read about it at this link.
If we get a president who likes to side with Big Government regulators instead of We the People, we’re in for some rough times.
[Edited April 20, 2016]