International Journal of Inactivism (now supplanted by Decoding SwiftHack)

The "Sue Us" Petition

Petition text

To John Coleman, James Inhofe, Owen McShane, Christopher Monckton, Anthony Watts, and others who actively promote doubt on the reality of global warming, its seriousness, or the need for mitigation thereof:

We, the undersigned, hereby call upon all global warming doubters

  1. to bring lawsuits against Al Gore and James Hansen, to charge them for conspiracy, as has been promised on numerous occasions, and to do so as soon as possible — so that the question of whether Gore and Hansen are ‘co-conspirators’ in a global warming ‘scam’ can be definitively resolved at the soonest opportunity;
  2. to bring on the lawsuits in person;
  3. to clarify which of the numerous incompatible conspiracy theories which have been proposed hitherto will serve as the basis for said lawsuits; or if none of the existing theories are applicable, to explain why they were originally proposed;
  4. to acknowledge that all requests to Gore or Hansen to participate in ‘debates’ on global warming can and should be rightfully ignored — as such debates are invariably pointless and inconsequential, and will only serve to distract from the truly important debates to take place in the courts of law and the chambers of parliament worldwide;
  5. to cease and desist from all extralegal efforts, such as polls and petitions, to remove Hansen from his position as the Head of the US NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, until such a time when the courts of law have ruled him to be guilty of the crime of conspiracy.

Please sign this petition!

To sign, please post a comment below giving

  1. your name and/or alias;
  2. sufficient contact information to identify you — a snail mail address of your home, and/or your organizational affiliation, and/or your telephone number and country, etc. (signatures without sufficient accompanying contact information will be handled at a lower priority and may be reformatted);
  3. optionally, your home page address, your e-mail address, and/or a personal statement.

An example:

Prof. Fred Foobar
Organization: Department of Anthropology, Miskatonic University, MA, USA
Home page: http://misk.edu/~foobar/

(If you’d like to discuss this petition instead of signing it, please proceed here.)

Thank you!

Update 2008-08-02: If you wrote something below that’s not a signature, and you can’t find it, then I may have moved it to the discussion post. (This is just to make it easier to count signatures. ☺)

Update 2008-08-03: Michael Tobis is concerned that “saying ‘so sue me’ on behalf of someone else” may not be a good idea. I’d therefore like to clarify that I’ve created and signed this petition on behalf of nobody but myself (so yes, the wording of the title may not be the most suitable). And I urge signers not to misconstrue this petition as a statement “on behalf of” Gore and/or Hansen, or as being officially sanctioned by them.

Update 2008-08-11: Corrected a typo in Clause 4: “take places” should be “take place”.

Update 2008-08-24: Added a link to my genealogy of climate conspiracy theories in the petition text.

Thanks to the following bloggers and forum goons for pinging back here (pingbacks are moved from the comments space below, to make it easier to count signatures):

(Once more: To sign the petition, please post a comment below.)

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75 Comments »

  1. Frank Bi (pseudonym)
    Home page: http://frankbi.wordpress.com/

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/08/01 @ 18:36 | Reply

  2. Mark Chu-Carroll

    Comment by Mark Chu-Carroll — 2008/08/01 @ 19:56 | Reply

  3. Brian Dupuis
    Research assistant, University of Alberta
    Affiliated with Manpollo.org – A risk-management approach to climate change

    Comment by Brian D — 2008/08/01 @ 20:05 | Reply

  4. Nick Barnes
    Nick.Barnes@pobox.com
    Manchester, UK

    Comment by Nick Barnes — 2008/08/01 @ 22:20 | Reply

  5. I have great respect for those who do what they say they will do.

    AKA, Sam-Hec, Sam, and Hecateus.

    City of Cotati, Sonoma COunty, California, USA

    Comment by Louis Sam Brown — 2008/08/02 @ 05:59 | Reply

  6. Tim Lambert
    School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales

    Comment by Tim Lambert — 2008/08/02 @ 18:17 | Reply

  7. David Petley,
    Wilson Professor of Hazard and Risk
    University of Durham, United Kingdom
    home page: http://daveslandslideblog.blogspot.com

    Comment by Dr Dave — 2008/08/03 @ 08:19 | Reply

  8. Gareth Renowden

    Comment by Gareth — 2008/08/03 @ 10:38 | Reply

  9. Ethan T. Vishniac
    McMaster University

    Comment by Ethan — 2008/08/03 @ 13:28 | Reply

  10. 1201 S. Church St.
    Lodi, CA 95240

    Comment by Mark Zimmerman — 2008/08/03 @ 14:23 | Reply

  11. Daniel J Thorn
    311 Van Buren Avenue
    Teaneck, NJ 07666

    Comment by Daniel Thorn — 2008/08/03 @ 17:48 | Reply

  12. Dan Moutal
    Vancouver BC

    Comment by Dan Moutal — 2008/08/03 @ 20:26 | Reply

  13. Dr. Paul Norton
    c/- School of Political Science & International Studies
    University of Queensland
    St Lucia Australia 4068

    Comment by Paul Norton — 2008/08/03 @ 22:47 | Reply

  14. Scott Elaurant
    Transport Planner
    Adelaide

    Comment by Scott Elaurant — 2008/08/03 @ 23:18 | Reply

  15. Tushara Kodikara

    Comment by Tushara — 2008/08/04 @ 00:16 | Reply

  16. James Haughton,
    PhD student, Dept of Anthropology, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.

    NB1: I don’t like making my email address visible on websites due to spambots but feel free to add it to the petition.
    NB2: Listing my organisational contact details is not meant to imply that my organisation supports, is connected to, etc, this petition or that I speak for my org.

    Comment by James Haughton — 2008/08/04 @ 00:32 | Reply

  17. Windsor, Ontario

    Comment by Jim Potter — 2008/08/04 @ 01:21 | Reply

  18. I’m in! Sue us.

    Comment by Rick O'Leary — 2008/08/04 @ 03:54 | Reply

  19. Tim Dymond
    timdy_@hotmail.com
    Sydney Australia

    Comment by Tim Dymond — 2008/08/04 @ 06:19 | Reply

  20. Barry W. Brook
    Sir Hubert Wilkins professor of climate change
    University of Adelaide
    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/barry.brook

    Comment by Barry Brook — 2008/08/04 @ 13:39 | Reply

  21. Phil Clarke
    IT Consultant and parent.

    Comment by Phil Clarke — 2008/08/04 @ 20:50 | Reply

  22. C’mon you deniers. If you have an iota of evidence or a scintilla of courage, launch a suit.

    We won’t wait up …

    Comment by Richard Littlemore — 2008/08/05 @ 00:19 | Reply

  23. Keri James
    kedgie1982@hotmail.com
    Melbourne, Australia.

    Comment by Keri — 2008/08/05 @ 01:06 | Reply

  24. Fat chance they’ll put THEIR money where their mouth is.

    retired curmudgeon and hippy liberal environmentalist
    Hillsborough, NC, USA

    Comment by Brian Dodge — 2008/08/05 @ 23:08 | Reply

  25. Kevin Grandia.

    As they say “Put your money where your mouth is!”

    Comment by Kevin Grandia — 2008/08/05 @ 23:37 | Reply

  26. This should go down very like the David Irving suit against Deborah Lipstadt.

    Comment by Barton Paul Levenson — 2008/08/06 @ 11:40 | Reply

  27. Forrest, Victoria, Australia

    Comment by Craig Allen — 2008/08/06 @ 16:08 | Reply

  28. Student, Sheffield Hallam University

    New Accidental Admin of the facebook group “There’s No Such Thing As Global Warming You Friggin Liberals”.

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2234978243

    Comment by Andrew Buddery — 2008/08/07 @ 18:45 | Reply

  29. Or better yet, sue the denialists. Which is sort of like the existing federal suit of Kivalina v. Exxon… an Indian village push off their village by sea level rise.

    Keep an eye on this court case

    The Kivalina suit charges fossil fuel companies with civil conspiracy “intended to suppress the knowledge of the link between greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, thereby furthering the defendants’ abilities to contribute to global warming.” And they are asking for damages from un-named co-conspirators – that could be PR agencies, think-tanks or media outlets — any media with a big coal/oil relationship – possibly even those who made and delivered advertising.

    http://noenergytomorrow.org/kivalina.html

    Comment by Richard Pauli — 2008/08/08 @ 00:45 | Reply

  30. Carl Szczerski
    Winnpeg Manitoba Canada
    Carl_s_Z@hotmail.com

    Comment by Carl Szczerski — 2008/08/08 @ 02:31 | Reply

  31. Let’s unveil the true motivation of enviromentalism!

    Comment by Douglas Kramer — 2008/08/08 @ 09:06 | Reply

  32. Put up or shut up!

    Comment by Anarchist606 — 2008/08/08 @ 10:52 | Reply

  33. Pensacola, Florida

    Comment by gaiasdaughter — 2008/08/08 @ 12:06 | Reply

  34. Please, please…. it’s time to man up, Lord Monkton, and make your case in court!

    Richard Levangie
    Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
    http://www.smartlikestreetcar.com

    Comment by Richard — 2008/08/08 @ 14:46 | Reply

  35. Would love to see Hansen fumble around trying to back up his ridicules claims.

    [ Finally, an inactivist willing to ask Monckton et al. to put their money where their mouths are. –frankbi ]

    Comment by Gary Williams — 2008/08/08 @ 16:53 | Reply

  36. How did I forget to put my name to this:

    Matthew Dentith
    PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand

    http://all-embracing.episto.org

    Comment by horansome — 2008/08/09 @ 01:59 | Reply

  37. Dan Hunt
    Brooklyn, NY

    Comment by Daniel Hunt — 2008/08/09 @ 13:32 | Reply

  38. Wadard
    Blogger: globalwarmingwatch.blogspot.com

    3mail: j0hnp0p3 at yahoo dot com dot au

    Love to be part of whatever you are cooking up, Frank.

    Comment by Wadard — 2008/08/10 @ 13:43 | Reply

  39. Ottawa, Canada

    Comment by Mike Kaulbars — 2008/08/10 @ 21:14 | Reply

  40. Bryan M. Elliott, Programmer
    Philadelphia, PA, USA
    fordiman@gmail.com

    Comment by Bryan — 2008/08/10 @ 21:56 | Reply

  41. Deniers,
    Put up or shut up. There’s too much at stake to be playing stupid games!

    Comment by Karen — 2008/08/10 @ 22:27 | Reply

  42. Tom Schueneman

    GlobalWarmingisReal.com/blog

    TriplePundit.com

    Comment by Tom — 2008/08/11 @ 00:40 | Reply

  43. Time to call the denier’s bluff. We all know they’re playing a weak hand.

    Comment by Jim Cook — 2008/08/11 @ 03:59 | Reply

  44. Frisco, TX

    Comment by Jeremiah Davis — 2008/08/11 @ 05:15 | Reply

  45. Good luck – hope you succeed
    Accrington, UK

    Comment by Martin Byrne — 2008/08/11 @ 17:27 | Reply

  46. Don’t leave Global Warming to be decided by economists. Would you take large investment information from a radio weather personality?

    Houston, Tx.

    Comment by Alex J. Ozuna — 2008/08/11 @ 20:54 | Reply

  47. Bath BA2 3PS, UK

    Comment by Charlotte Mulliner — 2008/08/11 @ 23:46 | Reply

  48. Am behind you all the way! Good luck~

    Comment by Lyn Gottschalk — 2008/08/12 @ 07:26 | Reply

  49. Even if my years spent observing on the planet coinciding with the science hadn’t convinced me, science on one side and Bush on the other would have. And BTW, the earth is round not flat, and it revolves around the sun not the other way ’round.

    Comment by Morgan Mghee — 2008/08/12 @ 09:35 | Reply

  50. I don’t know in what jurisdiction such a suit could be brought, but I would love to see it. A true finding of fact would do us all good. Opinions are barriers to truth.

    Comment by Joel Black — 2008/08/14 @ 01:29 | Reply

  51. Rangiora
    New Zealand

    Comment by Andrew Hurley — 2008/08/14 @ 10:04 | Reply

  52. Leicester, England

    Comment by George Andrews — 2008/08/22 @ 10:23 | Reply

  53. Firefighters United Against Global Warming

    Comment by Sunshine Lemme — 2008/08/22 @ 13:40 | Reply

  54. Let us all see your “evidence” in a court of law.

    Comment by Una Walsh — 2008/08/22 @ 14:28 | Reply

  55. It’s one thing to bluff with a weak hand. It’s something else to bluff when you’re not holding any cards.

    Comment by Jo Jo Smuckitelli — 2008/08/23 @ 02:23 | Reply

  56. Michael Williams
    Aerial Surveyor
    Ontario, Canada
    mikekw@niagara.com

    Comment by Michael Williams — 2008/08/28 @ 12:33 | Reply

  57. Count me in…
    Good luck with the legal proceedings!

    – Alex Tanner –
    Ceredigion, UK (SA47)

    Comment by Alex Tanner — 2008/08/29 @ 05:48 | Reply

  58. This really should be added as a square in the Climate Denial Bingo board – “Threatens to sue” gets you a square filled in – it’s really that common. Take a look at Tim Ball trying to sue Tim Johnson for questioning his recurring credential inflation in print.

    Comment by Jim Prall — 2008/08/29 @ 19:22 | Reply

  59. David McRae, Programmer
    Canberra, Australia.

    Stand up you nutters and have a go!!

    Comment by David McRae — 2008/09/05 @ 05:59 | Reply

  60. Anthony Watts’ latest manufactured outrage about Hansen reminded me that I still haven’t signed here.

    Comment by Oliver Kurth — 2008/09/11 @ 03:43 | Reply

  61. Dr James Hansen is a liar and a fraud.
    This page will have the lawsuit it begs for soon.

    [Well, that depends on how you define “soon”. We’ve been waiting since March. Perhaps when the Heartland “2009 Conference on Climate Change” finally arrives next year, we can celebrate the first anniversary of John Coleman’s phantom lawsuit. –frankbi]

    Comment by Todd — 2008/11/16 @ 16:47 | Reply

  62. I sign this petition in the name of America and the good people in it (only the good ones).

    [That’s a nice thought. 🙂 –frankbi]

    Comment by Brynnan Robbins — 2008/12/05 @ 20:51 | Reply

  63. well said

    Comment by Paul Connor — 2009/01/03 @ 15:39 | Reply

  64. James Douglas Reed
    jdr056000@utdallas.edu

    Let the theoretical ‘concensus’ be shown.

    Comment by James Reed — 2009/01/16 @ 02:15 | Reply

  65. Patrick Fish
    Organization: Sagan Appreciation Society
    Site: SaganAppreciationSociety.org

    Comment by Patrick Fish — 2009/03/14 @ 08:47 | Reply

  66. walter crain

    Comment by Walter — 2009/03/31 @ 12:00 | Reply

  67. Retired. College dropout(Art Major, Michigan State). Hillsborough, NC
    Even I noticed that Gin & Tonic “proved” that the temperature of earth MUST be ~255 kelvin, and confused net with total energy flow, whereas the worldwide trend in ice (a good, integrating, high signal-to-noise-ratio, no calibration necessary indicator of temperature) is DOWN.

    [“Gin & Tonic”… heheh. 🙂 —frankbi]

    Comment by Brian Dodge — 2009/04/05 @ 08:10 | Reply

  68. Al Gore,James Hanson are a fraud!

    [So where’s the lawsuit? It’s been more than a year since Coleman made noises about suing Gore. —frankbi]

    Comment by Tim McFalls — 2009/04/26 @ 15:01 | Reply

  69. Hopefully it happens soon and if we’re lucky it might alleviate some of the stupidity that seems to be running rampart across the globe. What else could possibly make people take the word of a politician over that of scientific professionals.

    [I hope you’re not saying that Christopher Monckton is a “scientific professional”? Or that global warming is nothing but an invention one “politician”? Anyway, it looks more and more like Coleman and Monckton aren’t going to sue after all… —frankbi]

    Comment by Martin van Staden — 2009/05/21 @ 09:16 | Reply

  70. Im an independant IT contractor working in the UK. A couple of years ago I landed a contract where I met a guy (another contrctor) who would actually shoot small specks of spitle from his mouth when ranting about global warming issues. I soon learned he was a GW denier and to be honest until I met him I’d never even considered that deniers/skeptics even existed. I though the issue it was a done deal.

    Anyway, his saturating and constant ranting about the issue prompted me to do some research. In part to give myself some amuniation next time he wanted to have a rant, partly becuase I couldnt quite believe there were still people who had the balls to so fiercely doubt the current evidence, and partly I must admit to see if there was infact anything to it. I tried to keep an open mind.

    After reading many articles and following several blogs I soon came to the conclusion that on balance the denier ‘type’ (sorry to stereotype, but its usefull to generalize sometimes) came across most often as a typical conspiracy nut. The problem with debate on the internet is there is so much of it and its mostly uncontrolled, unorded and full of emotive language. This on balance (in my opinion often) came mostly from the denier camp. The arguments go round and round, denier points that are answered with reasonably consise counter arguments with links to the science and published journals are on the whole ignored or answered with another unrelated argument, with the first point to be brought up days/weeks later, again and again.

    After a while I concluded that “most” (or a lot anyway) of deniers whos arguments I followed would not/could not ever change their mind on the subject, no matter what evidance they were shown. Thats why the word Denier is such a good one in this case. It remindes me of smokers. I know many people who still smoke and when asked if they are aware its bad for them and that they could actually die early from doing it, they say yes they do. I think though that deep down thay are in denial, ‘it wont happen to me’ kind of thing. Often I feel I can tell what thier politics on other subjects will be even before they talk. Its often very predictable.

    Sometimes (actually often) when following an GW deinal argument I can detect a real sense of anger brimming under the surface, but not about the GW argument as such, but of a hatred of the type of person who would agree with man made GW (though having written it down like that I see that the phrase “agreeing with man made GW” is a mute point. Man Made GW just IS. “thinking” people who seek the truth, who feel that getting to the truth about a thing is what is most important and have the strength to ignore their own personal/natural deep down biases can see there really is no argument anymore. Its not about believing in GW anymore, it’s just an unfortunate fact of life. courage is about acting in spite of yourself)

    act dont act
    GW Exists life goes on Global scale catastrophy
    GW doesnt Exist worst case world economy suffers stuff carries on as normal

    Whats the worst case scenario above

    Comment by Tim Taylor — 2009/07/02 @ 14:40 | Reply

  71. I don’t belong to an org,
    by which I mean orgasm.

    Al Gore SHOULD be sued just for beng Al Gore.
    He should be sued for taking credit and money (Nobel prize money)
    for the labor and sacrifice of thousands of nameless others
    under constant ridicule and being shut-out of the halls of Congress
    during their fight on behelf of the environment and climate issues.

    He should be sued for authorizing the EPA in 1999 to torture and poison
    millions of animals in the unnecessary LD50 tests.

    Above all, Gore – and ALL Demorepublicrats and all those who vote for them –
    deserve to be sued, tortured, and imprisoned for taking the Nobel Peace prize
    that rightfully belongs to Ralph Nader – a REAL American hero –
    as well as for his conservative rightwing terrorist bullying tactics against Ralph Nader, Greens, Libertarians, and Socialists for ALL political offices – NOT just for US President –
    each year, every election.

    I’d like to leave my REAL YouTube account,
    but it has not only my real name on it but also video of me!

    Anyway, THANK you for posting this website and giving me new information.
    I learned a lot.

    [You’re saying that Al Gore should be sued because he didn’t rig the elections to make sure your favourite guys get elected. I don’t think this can even start to fly in court, but whatever. –frankbi]

    Comment by Edward Cordy — 2009/11/03 @ 00:54 | Reply

  72. Bournezeau, France

    Good comments, Tim Taylor.

    Comment by Nigel Franks — 2009/12/02 @ 14:45 | Reply

  73. BSc in Global Resource Systems – Environmental Science specialization – University of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C.

    Comment by Rebeka Ryvola — 2010/01/06 @ 22:24 | Reply

  74. Don’t y’all forget to resign and give up your pensions when AGW fraud by the Warmers is confirmed. So good of you to name yourselves.

    [So when is Coleman going to sue? It’s been almost 2 years already. I’m still waiting for him to actually come to ‘confirm’ this ‘AGW fraud’. –frankbi]

    Comment by Nemesis — 2010/02/03 @ 20:01 | Reply

  75. Good, thanks for getting a Good Most of the information, specially from the major news corperations with the big slants to the left or right. Did you see last nights O’Rielly factor? haha, that was rediculous! Sorry, I am rambling on again. Have a Great day!

    [So the antidote to ‘left slant’ and ‘right slant’ is an incoherent rant with typos. OK… –frankbi]

    Comment by Emmie Schlenger — 2010/02/05 @ 02:30 | Reply


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