The battle over climate change has been a long and ugly one.
Government agencies have been discredited for manipulating data to support their claims that the earth is getting warmer.
We’ve discussed that the left has been using this questionable “science” to put forth an agenda of expanding government control over businesses and private citizens. It’s a scheme that is affecting countries around the world.
Now the fight is being taken to the next level, as groups are trying to use the justice system to silence climate change detractors.
From Allen B West:
As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, “The attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands is targeting dozens of conservative and libertarian organizations in a racketeering lawsuit against climate change skeptics that has been widely described as an effort to silence political opponents.
In a subpoena issued in March, the office of USVI attorney general Claude Walker demanded from Exxon Mobil copies of communications between the oil company and 90 different political and policy organizations “and any other organizations engaged in research or advocacy concerning Climate Change or policies.”
The subpoena was part of a national, coordinated legal campaign by state attorneys general and left-wing advocacy groups to use the legal system against companies and organizations that disagree with and advocate against Democratic policies to address global climate change.
It’s a dangerous precedent the left is trying to set. If you disagree with their position, they’ll try to attack you with lawsuits. Free speech and freedom of thought is at stake here, as they hope the fear of a court action will silence opponents.
But before you run for the hills, keep hope alive. This is, in fact, a desperate and pathetic attack, one made by groups that are quickly running out of options. And as much as they throw their legal weight around, we can too.
One target of the subpoena, the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute, has already publicly responded to Walker. Its attorney called a separate subpoena received by the group “a blatant attempt to intimidate and harass an organization for advancing views that you oppose.”
“Your demand on CEI is offensive, it is un-American, it is unlawful, and it will not stand,” wrote Andrew M. Grossman, an attorney with the Washington firm Baker Hostetler. “You can either withdraw it or expect to fight.” Walker’s efforts will likely meet similar resistance from other organizations targeted by the subpoena, some of which have publicly denounced Walker’s efforts in reference to its targeting of CEI. Hans von Spakovsky, a former Federal Election Commissioner and a senior legal fellow at Heritage, called the subpoena “a truly outrageous abuse of [the attorney general’s] authority and a misuse of the law.”
Any sound court will feel the same way. This kind of attack proves that the extreme left is scared of what conservatives are about to do come this election. The science backing climate change simply isn’t there. They’ve tried lying, they’ve tried installing their advocates in the White House, now they’re trying lawsuits. But the moment a sensible judge throws out this suit, their fight is over.
So hold tight and watch what happens. The left’s very attack to discredit free speech and thought will turn around to bite them.
Source: Allen B West