The global warming assault on free speech

The Washington Times reports on the subpoena sent to CEI from an attorney general as part of their campaign to silence the debate over climate change. 

The attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands thinks he has found the way to silence, once and for all, the debate over global warming, or climate change, or whatever the radicals-that-be are calling the scheme this week. Global-warming jeremiahs are determined to intimidate, frighten and eventually fine or put in prison anyone who says the wrong thing about this best laid scheme of government. They’re determined to eliminate traditional sources of energy and replace them with politically correct but unreliable sources of energy, such as wind and solar power. That’s the beginning.

“[The subpoena] is designed not only to silence us,” says Myron Ebell, an official of the Institute, “but it is also designed to defund us. These [are] efforts to defund us and other free-market groups that have politically incorrect views on climate and some other major issues. We’ve been dealing with this for a long time, but I think we have now reached another level. When you get an attorney general involved, it’s no longer just a debate in the public base that tries to shut us up, but it’s using the full force of the state to do so.”

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is only a collateral target, and to destroy the Institute the attorneys general must destroy the First Amendment, the sacrosanct guarantee of the freedom of just about everything a citizen can see, smell, and taste. The amendment guarantees every person, however humble and insignificant in government eyes, the right to say whatever he pleases. Get rid of it, and the government won’t be disturbed no matter what evil it imposes on the rest of us.

Read the full article at the Washington Times