Twenty scientists urge raketeering investigation of climate-change deniers

Two retired University of Washington professors were among a group of 20 scientists that recently urged the Obama administration to launch federal racketeering investigations of “corporations and other organizations that have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change.  (image by Reuters)”

“John M. Wallace and Edward Sarachik, professors emeriti of the UW’s department of atmospheric sciences, signed a letter dated Sept. 1 that asked the administration to use the Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to investigate such firms’ funding efforts to deny established science about global warming.

“The letter, signed by leading climate scientists from eight major American universities and two research centers, was addressed to President Obama, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and White House science czar John P. Holdren.  More at:

GR:  The Exxon discovery might add support to this request.  Might we have global reparations suits against the fossil-fuel industry?


Grieving over Growth. Gary Gripp: To a Future Generation

BY GARY GRIPP, to a future generation:

“Everything central to our way of life is in the growth mode: the banks, the corporations, all our extractive and service industries, and, not least of all, our population. More people means: more willing buyers of homes, cars, electronic gadgets, and all the trappings of modern life. More jobs, more prosperity, more everything.

“More, more, more. It is in the interest of banks and corporations, as well as businesses large and small, that the market for products continues to grow. More, more, more. Grow, grow, grow.

“On a finite planet with degraded natural systems and diminishing natural resources, this growth imperative, built-in to our systems and into our lives, is an irresistible force coming up against an immovable object. It is us hitting a wall, and doing so at speed. More and more people in my time now see this crash coming.”

GR:  Hey grandkids, we just couldn’t help ourselves.  (We really couldn’t.  To see what it would take for humans to survive on Earth, read Corr Syl the Warrior.)

US EPA Q&A for Owners of Diesel Volkswagens

“EPA issued a notice of violation (NOV) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. on September 18, 2015. The NOV alleges that four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 include software that circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants. The software produced by Volkswagen is a “defeat device,” as defined by the Clean Air Act. California is separately issuing an In-Use Compliance letter to Volkswagen, and EPA and the California Air Resources Board have both initiated investigations based on Volkswagen’s alleged actions. Affected diesel models include:

Jetta (MY 2009 – 2015)
Jetta Sportwagen (MY 2009-2014)
Beetle (MY 2012 – 2015)
Beetle Convertible (MY 2012-2015)
Audi A3 (MY 2010 – 2015)
Golf (MY 2010 – 2015)
Golf Sportwagen (MY 2015)
Passat (MY 2012-2015)


GR:  #EcoCrime:  Greed-motivated deceit is such a common human trait, that none of our larger corporations or our government regulators can be trusted.  In particular, the U. S. government’s susceptibility to special interest influence forces an incessant tug-of-war between proper and profitable behavior.

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