You can’t make this stuff up! ” This letter is running in The Union newspaper:
“Is anyone alarmed by the tone set in The Union’s article of April 14 titled ‘Climate Change doubter donates $1K to campaign’ by Alan Riquelmy? In it, The Union reports that Board of Supervisor candidate Duane Strawser received a $1,000 contribution from a ‘climate change doubter.’
“Are the authors of this article, and Heidi Hall, implying that Mr. Strawser is violating some sort of campaign finance law? Is it wrong to accept money from a ‘Climate change doubter?’ Apparently so.
“It will surprise you, as it did me, that RICO laws are being used to prosecute those who disagree, or who are a ‘doubter.’ RICO stands for ‘Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.’ It is usually used to prosecute mobsters. It is now being used to prosecute those who call for testing the climate change null hypothesis. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., Rhode Island) last spring 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.”