Prosecuting climate change ‘deniers’

Washington Times reports on the subpoena sent to CEI as part of the attorneys general intimidation campaign to silence the debate on climate change.

The point is that these prosecutors, who have no expertise in science, are trying to treat one set of scientific views as absolute, infallible and above critique. This has happened before — such as in Spain in 1478, when the Spanish Inquisition began systematically silencing any citizen who held religious, scientific or moral views that conflicted with the “truth” as seen by inquisitors. The AGs United for Clean Power are treating global warming theory the same way — like a religion whose blasphemers must be investigated and prosecuted.

The first victims of this new Inquisition include ExxonMobil and the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a Washington think tank. The attorney general of the Virgin Islands is targeting the gas and oil giant for supposedly defrauding consumers by lying about climate change. He is claiming violations of the Virgin Islands version of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO — a law designed to prosecute organized crime and major drug cartels.

CEI has already been hit with a subpoena. The Virgin Islands AG is seeking all of CEI’s research, studies, commentaries, writings and op-eds on climate change. He even wants any letters to the editor CEI wrote, which are the very hallmark of how Americans express their First Amendment-protected opinions.

Read the full article at Washington Times