Sheldon Whitehouse is a Democratic U.S. Senator from Rhode Island spearheading a multi-pronged harassment, intimidation and criminalization campaign against individuals and organizations who are skeptical of climate alarmism. His targets include fossil fuel companies, libertarian and conservative non-profit organizations and private citizens who disagree with his views on climate change. He calls skeptic views “fraud” not protected by the First Amendment. His tactics include calling for racketeering laws to prosecute climate skeptics, colluding with taxpayer funded university scientists to do the same and urging news outlets to suppress skeptic op-eds. He led the so-called #WebOfDenial campaign on the Senate floor on July 11-12, 2016.
Skeptics targeted by Whitehouse are staunchly defending their First Amendment right to expose flaws and fakery in the “settled science” of government funded scientists. Yet the senator treats his opponents as if they were convicted defendants being sentenced, and that he is still a U.S. Attorney in President Bill Clinton’s administration (1993-1998) or the Attorney General of Rhode Island (1999-2003).
Sheldon Whitehouse exposed himself as a true believer in man-made catastrophic climate change in one of his first speeches as a Senator on Wednesday March 21, 2007 titled “Hearing on Al Gore’s Perspective on Global Warming.” Al Gore himself was in attendance. During all of Whitehouse’s 2006 Senate campaign against Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee, intensive news coverage of his speeches did not mention his radical position on anthropogenic global warming.
Whitehouse has developed a habit of speaking to a nearly empty Senate floor every week in what he calls his “It’s Time to Wake UP!” climate speech, which invariably contain climate alarmist ideology. His kickoff speech was delivered January 25, 2013, and he commented on his 135th speech in June 2016.
Sheldon Whitehouse is known for introducing a “climate skeptic conspiracy” measure into the Senate legislative docket. On July 11, 2016, Whitehouse introduced the “Senate Web of Denial Resolution” (Senate Concurrent Resolution 45). The document is a 4-page disapproval of a climate “denier conspiracy.”
Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring),
Whereas in the case of fossil fuel companies and allied organizations—
(1) disapproves of activities by certain corporations, trade associations, foundations, and organizations funded by those corporations—
(A) to deliberately mislead the public and undermine peer-reviewed scientific research about the dangers of their products; and
(B) to deliberately cast doubt on science in order to protect their financial interests;
(2) urges fossil fuel companies and allied organizations to cooperate with active or future investigations into—
(A) their climate-change related activities;
(B) what they knew about climate change and when they knew that information;
Whitehouse and his staff assigned 19 different senators one or more climate skeptic groups to attack by name in short speeches on the Senate floor and another series to be held later in the House. Whitehouse’s resolution did not come up for a vote, and does not have the force of law. Critics say the only purpose of the #WebOfDenial speeches was to “once again [use] the Capitol as a political forum in which to denounce and threaten private citizens and organizations who dare to speak in the public square.”
The #WebOfDenial campaign singled out 116 right-leaning nonprofits by name, with The Heartland Institute leading all mentions with seven.
It is an open secret that Whitehouse’s wife Sandra Thornton Whitehouse has substantially influenced the Senator’s official life from his 2006 Senate election campaign to currently formulating content for his senatorial speeches, presentations, documents and other duties. She comes from a wealthy and politically powerful family and holds a PhD in biological oceanography.
Even close allies do not try to hide Sandra’s role in running the Whitehouse Senate office. The Democrat website Climate Progress, owned and operated by the left-wing Center for American Progress, ran a 2008 editorial headlined “Whitehouse (D-RI) is a man of science — well, he is married to a woman of science.” The editor commented, “I like Sheldon Whitehouse — he gets my prize for best presentation today. Ah, now I see why he’s so good — he is married to Dr. Sandra Thornton Whitehouse, a marine biologist.”
The senator himself and political insiders credited his wife’s political savvy for managing and winning his 2006 election race against Republican Lincoln Chafee, according to the Boston Globe:
When Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse won his campaign for U.S. Senate against well-liked incumbent Sen. Lincoln Chafee, some credited a deep dissatisfaction with Chafee’s Republican Party with the win. But others close to the campaign, including Whitehouse himself, say the person who clinched the race was his wife, Sandra, who spent more than a year-and-a-half on the campaign trail with her husband, standing in for him at events or being a sounding board along the campaign trail. The senator-elect calls her his best surrogate and best fundraiser. “I’m not sure that Sheldon could have won without her, quite frankly,” said Mark Weiner, the Whitehouse campaign’s finance chairman and a longtime friend of the couple.
That’s not the controversy; it’s her network of left-wing, ultra-green academic, government, legislative, regulatory and media connections. Her bio says she is:
A 15-year veteran environmental advocate and policy advisor who uses her expertise in marine science to help shape environmental initiatives in Rhode Island and on the federal level. Her consulting clients have included the Rhode Island General Assembly, the Coastal States Stewardship Foundation and the Ocean Conservancy. She is a former chair of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Management Council and has served on the boards of Save the Bay, the Nature Conservancy’s Rhode Island chapter, the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, The Aquidneck Island Land Trust, Grow Smart Rhode Island, and the University of Rhode Island’s Marine Advisory Council, among others.
The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting is essentially a factory mentoring one-sided, climate alarmist propagandists, with no consideration of challenges or exposure to flaws and corruption in the “settled science” used by governments to make policy. Board Member Sandra Whitehouse helped to teach students one-sided journalism, and provides one-sided material to her husband, who is influenced by his wife’s long contact with extreme green clients.
In 2015, Sheldon Whitehouse began the public call for prosecution of climate skeptics using the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO. His op-ed in the March 29, 2015 Washington Post was titled “The fossil-fuel industry’s campaign to mislead the American people,” and compared the fossil fuel companies to the tobacco industry. Since the federal government used the RICO statute to go after Big Tobacco, Whitehouse said it was time to invoke RICO against fossil fuel companies, climate skeptics, and their supporters. That started a vengeful stampede among climate alarmists, and alarm about basic free-speech rights among others.
Among the vengeful was a climate professor named Jagadish Shukla at George Mason University, who also operated a non-profit climate group almost totally funded by millions in federal grants. Shukla got the idea to make a splash in academia by gathering many professors who would support Whitehouse’s recommendation, and saying so in a public letter to President Barack Obama and the U.S. Attorney General. Recruiting academics from all over the country ran into a snag: Some feared the angry backlash from skeptics and the media, or they noted that RICO was hard to win and others didn’t want to cause anyone to go to prison. In the end, only 20 professors signed the letter – known as The RICO 20 letter – sent on September 1, 2015.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute and attorney Chris Horner believed that Whitehouse had colluded with the academics and filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to see the emails that the dozens of academics and green groups had been exchanging. They got what they were looking for. More than a dozen emails from the George Mason professors were copied to Whitehouse, especially ones moaning about the outraged and aggrieved backlash. Then there was one from Whitehouse to 25 letter plotters soothing their fears and encouraging them that RICO could win. Whitehouse wrote:
Comes with the territory, I’m afraid. Sorry, though. The outrage and aggrievement are just irresistible to some. So we’re all clear: the tobacco case was a CIVIL RICO case, not criminal, so jailing and imprisoning have nothing to do with it. Just a forum where you can’t lie and can be cross-examined in front of a neutral judge. And the govt won fair and square and soundly, just as I believe they would here.
The collusion didn’t affect Whitehouse’s job or his reputation with his constituents, but it got George Mason University and the 20 signers in trouble. They became the targets of a congressional investigation.
Sheldon Whitehouse was born in New York in 1955, the son of Charles Sheldon Whitehouse, a diplomat who later served as ambassador to Laos and Thailand. After earning a bachelor’s degree in architecture (1978) from Yale University, he studied law (J.D., 1982) at the University of Virginia. He then clerked with the Supreme Court of West Virginia before moving to Rhode Island, where in 1984 he was appointed a special assistant attorney general. He remained in the attorney general’s office until 1990. During that time (1986) he married Sandra Thornton, and the couple later had two children.
In 1991, Whitehouse entered the executive administration of Democrat Rhode Island Gov. Bruce Sundlun, serving as legal counsel and later as policy director (1992). Whitehouse was director of the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation in 1994 when President Bill Clinton appointed him the U.S. attorney for Rhode Island. During his four years in the post, Whitehouse notably prosecuted cases involving organized crime and corruption. In 1998, he was elected attorney general of Rhode Island, serving from 1999 to 2004. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2002.
In 2006 Whitehouse entered the race for the U.S. Senate and defeated the Republican incumbent Lincoln Chafee. After taking office in 2007, he became known as a liberal Democrat, though he did not always vote with the party. He notably opposed President Barack Obama’s administration on certain cap-and-trade provisions meant to reduce effects of climate change, arguing that they did not go far enough. He also was critical of numerous foreign-policy measures that related to the conduct of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he voted against laws that increased the police powers of the government. Whitehouse was vocally in favor of imposing a greater share of the tax burden on wealthy individuals and on corporations, and he opposed efforts to repeal the estate tax.
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Sheldon Whitehouse ranks 27th in the Senate with an estimated 2014 net worth of $6,821,133.