In response to recent news regarding George Mason University colleagues
about 3 years ago
republicEN team members have been referenced in stories about colleagues at George Mason University advocating the use of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statutes against those funding the disputation of climate science. Thankfully, those stories have accurately stated our position: we did not then and we do not now advocate that use of RICO.
When our colleague Ed Maibach, the Director of the Center for Climate Change Communication, asked for advice on the viability of using RICO to go after corporate interests that may have buried the climate science lede, we advised against that approach. We stand by that advice.
Even though our politics and philosophy differ significantly from some of our colleagues at George Mason University, we value the University's commitment to academic and intellectual freedom, and we're glad to be part of the Center for Climate Change Communications. At republicEn we educate with a point of view about free enterprise solutions to climate change. The University has long told us that we should not be surprised if they were to invite others with differing opinions into similar arrangements as ours. We like that openness. We like that kind of honest debate.
Posted by republicEn Director of Communications Price Atkinson