From Warner Todd Huston
Remember that silly ol’ “freedom of speech” chestnut those silly elderly white guys founded this country on? Well the attorneys general of 16 Democrat-controlled states are looking to do away with that boring old rule and are now announcing their intentions to prosecute companies trying to speak out against global warming alarmism.
You read that exactly right. These 16 states have announced they intend to attack any company that argues against the extreme income redistribution plans of global warming advocates. Naturally they made their announcement with global warming religionist and former Vice President Al Gore in tow.
As The Washington times reports, the group of AGs insisted they are committed to “working together on key climate-related initiatives” including scrutinizing the studies and claims issued by companies such as ExxonMobil. The 16 AGs claim they are looking into whether such companies have “committed fraud” with their efforts to counter the programing of global warmists, but it is far more likely that this is a left-wing political witch hunt and an effort to quash the free speech of people who don’t accept the climate change argument hook, line and sinker.
“The bottom line is simple: Climate change is real; it is a threat to all the people we represent,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said during the press conference. “If there are companies, whether they’re utilities, whether they’re fossil fuel companies, committing fraud in an effort to maximize their short-term profits at the expense of the people we represent, we want to find out about it. We want to expose it and want to pursue them to the fullest extent of the law.”
During the announcement, the shrill Gore said skeptics are “according to the best available evidence, deceiving the american people, communicating in a fraudulent way – about the reality of the climate crisis and the dangers that it poses to all of us and committing fraud in their communications about the viability of renewable energy and efficiency and energy storage.”
The move comes after a recent study by ExxonMobil casting doubts on climate change. But the company notes its study in no way attempted to make any definitive statements about the whole of the climate change theory.
“The allegations are based on the false premise that ExxonMobil reached definitive conclusions about anthropogenic climate change before the world’s experts and before the science itself had matured, and then withheld it from the broader scientific community,” ExxonMobil spokesperson Suzanne McCarron said. “Such a claim is preposterous.”
Marc Morano, operator of the website ClimateDepot.com, slammed the move saying it was nothing short of a violation of free speech. Morano said Gore and the AGs present, “apparently has decided that anyone who disagrees with him on ‘global warming’ should face investigations, fines and penalties and be silenced,”
On his website, Morano also pointed out that, “the vast majority of AGs standing on stage refused to join such an effort, signaling a lack of interest in wasting their own states’ resources.”
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