During the Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum held in Washington on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said those who question climate change should be disqualified from seeking public office.

Kerry and Andrea Mitchell denounce climate change “deniers.”

Kerry said that “when I hear a United States senator say, ‘I’m not a scientist so I can’t make a judgment,’ or a candidate for president for that matter, I’m absolutely astounded. I mean, it’s incomprehensible that a grownup who has been to high school and college in the United States of America disqualifies themselves because they’re not a scientist when they’ve learned that the Earth rotates on its axis but they’re not a scientist; where they’ve learned that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west and it does so 24 hours a day; and you can run the list of things that we know science tells us happens, and we accept it every single day.

“And to suggest that when more than 6,000-plus peer-reviewed studies of the world’s best scientists all lay out that this is happening and mankind is contributing to it, it seems to me that they disqualify themselves fundamentally from high public office with those kinds of statements,” he said.

In the past Democrats have called for criminalizing climate change skepticism.

Following a letter sent to Obama, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy by a group of climate scientists calling for their political opponents to be investigated by the government, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, proposed using RICO against skeptics.

RICO, short for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, is a federal law designed to investigate and prosecute the Mafia and organized crime. It imposes prison sentences up to 20 years and the seizure of financial assets.

Following the call to criminalize opposition to climate change, the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology sent a letter to the attorney of scientist Jagadish Shukla, a professor at George Mason University.

Texas Rep. Lamar Smith said his committee is investigating grants “worth millions of dollars” to nonprofits established by Shukla. The letter claims Shukla is guilty of “an egregious use of taxpayer money.”

Obama Administration’s Climate Assessment Debunked

In 2014 a group of independent scientists debunked Obama’s National Climate Assessment, characterizing it as “a masterpiece of marketing” produced by “hundreds of captive scientists and marketing specialists.”

“As independent scientists, we know that apparent evidence of ‘Climate Change.’ however scary, is not proof of anything. Science derives its objectivity from robust logic and honest evidence repeatedly tested by all knowledgeable scientists, not just those paid to support the administration’s version of ‘Global Warming,’ ‘Climate Change,’ ‘Climate Disruption,’ or whatever their marketing specialists call it today,” the scientists wrote in a rebuttal.

The critique dismantles the administration’s “three crucial scientific arguments” and lays bare the administration’s politically motived climate hysteria designed to motivate “the president’s left-leaning constituency,” writes climatologist Paul Knappenberger, assistant director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute. “What pretense of scientific support that decorates it quickly falls away under a close and critical inspection.”

Secretary of State Kerry’s forum held earlier this week is a continuation of the administration’s effort to turn disputed anthropogenic climate change into a major political issue.

The event, according to the State Department, included participation by “investors, corporations, philanthropies, and policymakers.”

It was hosted by Georgetown University and Google and moderated by NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, the wife of the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan.

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