July 14, 2016
The core premise of Senate Democrats’ fulminations this week against the “web of climate denial” is that there is no real debate about how dangerous anthropogenic warming is and what should be done about it.
That message is, of course, very convenient for politicians, like Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who seek to expand government’s control over the master resource, energy, and coercively transfer trillions of dollars from the fossil-energy sector to their clients and donors in the renewable-energy sector.
Here’s how one of the 19 web-of-denial bashers, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), explained the big picture: “There are not two sides to every issue. Sometimes there are just facts...
July 13, 2016
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO for short, is a legal method used by the government to go after mob cartels and criminal organizations like the Hells Angles, Latin Kings, and Gambino crime family. Now add one more name to the list: the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The alleged crime? Being on the wrong side of a policy debate on climate change. A discussion panel was held by Rep. Mike Kelly (R- Pa.) today to educate congressional staff on the detrimental effects of stripping away free speech under the guise of RICO.
July 13, 2016resolution, which “condemns groups who have misled the public on tobacco, lead, and climate.” According to their...
July 13, 2016The Intimidation Game by Kimberly Strassel adheres closely to Antonio’s observation in Shakespeare’s The Tempest that “What’s past is prologue.”
In an era...
July 13, 2016
On Monday, nineteen Senators led by Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) launched a series of floor statements denouncing fossil fuel companies and more than 30 conservative and free-market organizations for allegedly waging “a massive campaign to deceive the public about climate change to halt climate action and protect their bottom lines.”
Ho-hum, another day, another attempt to silence dissent and punish political opponents under the guise of combatting fraud.
To kick off the speakathon on Monday, Sen. Whitehouse and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) introduced a Concurrent Sense of Congress Resolution bashing the same companies and organizations for supposedly obfuscating and denying science in order to feather their own nests. Comparing fossil fuel companies to tobacco...
July 1, 2016
This week turned out to be a momentous one in the saga of the climate change subpoenas. It started with three pending subpoenas from U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker; it ended with none. In between there was a court hearing, but the demise of subpoenas had little to do with the hearing. And CEI still has a fight on its hands. We continue to pursue...
June 30, 2016
The District of Columbia is now pressuring businesses to violate free speech in bizarre ways in the name of transgender rights. For example, it wants job interviewers to say things like “Hi, my name is Hans, and I am a ‘he,’” which may leave a very strange impression with job applicants. It also is pressuring employers and workers to use imaginary pronouns like “ze” and “zir” to refer to transgender employees who prefer it (even though few do), and to use ungrammatical plural forms like “they” and “themselves” to refer to individual transgender employees who so desire. The Daily Caller describes this in a June 27 article, “D.C. Will Fine You For...
June 20, 2016
A climate change witch-hunt is expanding to include conservative groups that have never received a penny from Exxon. Attorney General Maura Healey is part of a multistate investigation of “climate change deniers” brought by 20 Democratic state attorneys general. As the Daily Caller notes, last week she issued a sweepingly broad subpoena that
demands decades worth of records from prominent conservative think tanks, including the Heritage Foundation and activist group Americans for Prosperity, and also from smaller, lesser known state-based right-leaning groups, such as Boston’s Beacon Hill Institute and the Acton Institute. . . At least two of the...
June 14, 2016speech-chilling investigation, that’s a pretty clear sign that the First Amendment has been violated. And when that same official doesn’t let you know that it is a dissent, rather...
June 14, 2016
New in the climate change subpoena saga: Last Thursday New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman delivered a speech (video below) at the Bloomberg Big Law Business Summit defending his investigation against claims that it violates free speech rights. One charge that Schneiderman repeatedly made was that his critics were guilty of “First Amendment opportunism.”
Schneiderman characterized the statements of the...