RFK, Jr.: Climate Skeptics 'Should Be at the Hague with All the Other War Criminals'

By Craig Bannister | September 22, 2014 | 2:49 PM EDT

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., says he wants a law to punish politicians who dissent from man-made climate change theory - and calls them "contemptible human beings."

Kennedy made the remarks in an interview with Climate Depot at a climate march in New York on Sunday:

Kennedy Jr. accused skeptical politicians of "selling out the public trust." "Those guys are doing the Koch Brothers bidding and are against all the evidence of the rational mind, saying global warming does not exit. They are contemptible human beings. I wish there were a law you could punish them with. I don't think there is a law that you can punish those politicians under."

Kennedy also said he thinks the successful pro-energy Koch brothers should be "in jail...with all the other war criminals":

"I think it's treason. Do I think the Koch Brothers are treasonous, yes I do," Kennedy explained.

"They are enjoying making themselves billionaires by impoverishing the rest of us. Do I think they should be in jail, I think they should be enjoying three hots and a cot at the Hague with all the other war criminals," Kennedy declared.

And, Kennedy's not the only climate activist who would like to see dissenters jailed.

As the Media Research Center's Business and Media Institute (BMI) chronicled in a May 2014 analysis, pro-climate change theory media and scientists have long promoted the idea of throwing anyone who disagrees with them in jail - even to the point of calling for "climate Nuremberg" trials:

On May 19, 2014 PBS' "Moyers & Company" played a clip of scientist, David Suzuki, calling for politicians skeptical of man-made climate change to "be thrown in the slammer." On day later, a tweet by well-known alarmist Michael Mann suggested that skepticism could be a "crime against humanity." As least far back as 2006, and as recently as March 2014, liberal journalists and radical scientists have advocated punishing people who doubt catastrophic, man-made climate change.

On March 28, 2014, the popular website Gawker's Adam Weinstein declared "Arrest Climate-Change Deniers." Weinstein explained there was "clear precedent" to "punish the climate-change liars." He was very specific on who should be jailed, as well. Weinstein clarified that the "man on the street" is innocent but just "too stupid." Instead, he focused on "Rush and his multi-million dollar ilk" and "Americans for Prosperity."

James Hansen, a former NASA scientist and prominent climate alarmist, made a speech in 2008 calling for the imprisonment of oil and coal executives. He said "these CEOs should be tried for high crimes against humanity and nature" before fearmongering over "continually shifting shorelines" and a "more desolate planet."

In 2006, David Roberts of the alarmist website Grist.org called for extreme punishment. Grist, which has featured major interviews with both former Vice President Al Gore and PBS' Bill Moyers, called for "war crimes trials for [climate denying] bastards." He escalated that threat, calling specifically for "some sort of climate Nuremberg."