We’ve already seen the start of this, but it was only penknife rattling, a group of avaricious lawyers pushing their (wrong) version of climate physics. Yet the mix of greed and ignorance has turned poisonous.
Here’s the new headline: CEI Fights Subpoena to Silence Debate on Climate Change
The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) today denounced a subpoena from Attorney General Claude E. Walker of the U.S. Virgin Islands that attempts to unearth a decade of the organization’s materials and work on climate change policy. This is the latest effort in an intimidation campaign to criminalize speech and research on the climate debate, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and former Vice President Al Gore…
The subpoena requests a decade’s worth of communications, emails, statements, drafts, and other documents regarding CEI’s work on climate change and energy policy, including private donor information. It demands that CEI produce these materials from 20 years ago, from 1997-2007, by April 30, 2016.
On March 30, 2016, Attorney General Schneiderman, former Vice President Al Gore, and attorneys general from Massachusetts, Virginia, Connecticut, Maryland, Vermont, as well as Attorney General Walker, held a press conference in New York City to announce “an unprecedented coalition of top law enforcement officials committed to aggressively protecting and building upon the recent progress the United States has made in combating climate change.” Schneiderman said that the group, calling itself “AGs United for Clean Power,” will address climate change by threatening criminal investigations and charges against companies, policy organizations, scientists, and others who disagree with its members’ climate policy agenda.
Perhaps you’re an environmental zealot and, in opposition to all evidence, believe what the climate models say and that global temperatures will soar a degree or so over the next century, the same sort of climatological difference as moving the 70 miles south from Mt Pleasant to Lansing, Michigan, returning the earth to a level when life was more fecund and widespread. Now, given your zealotry and given that this is a democracy, a system of government where everybody’s opinion on matters in which they have not the least expertise is required, like lawyers pretending to know radiative transfer and cloud parameterization, you will undoubtedly be happy that Government is sticking it to the private think tank CEI.
Why? Because you’re a zealot.
That being so, you won’t possibly understand anything else I have to say. Click here instead.
Attorney General of the Virgin Islands? Good grief. God bless the Virgin Islands, but this ought to show you how confident the mainland crew of ambulance chasers are. They don’t want their own names on an act which, though legal, is immoral and stupid. They’re behind it, however, because they like the idea of harassing CEI. At the least, it will cost CEI a packet, money which would have instead gone to something useful (defined as anything not involving politics).
At best, this will be a move pour encourager les autres, defined as people like Yours Truly, who have never received penny one from any energy company, or energy company affiliate; indeed global warming has only cost me money.
And even if, as sadly did not happen, Exxon gave me money for my opinion of the wild, persistent, glaringly obvious, non-ignorable, and by now exasperatingly plain errors in climate models, what business is that of the Government?
Only because the Government has decided what the science should be. And that the Government wants to punish those who disagree. And that the Government sees yet another in a long, unending sorry string of opportunities to put the squeeze on somebody with money. Evil.
Chance of success? I don’t mean of science, which has given up the fight. You haven’t heard from the stock of brains at universities, dependent as they all are on the titanic teats of toparchy, over this subpoena, have you? Where are they protesting that science has been damaged. Cowards. I mean, will the Attorney General of the Virgin Islands—mixing the one-true religion with the State! the horror!—-prevail upon CEI?
I’m guessing not, but what I don’t know about the law could fill a library. (This incident has not filled me with ambition to learn more law, either.) The blog Overlawyered (amen) says:
If the forces behind this show-us-your-papers subpoena succeed in punishing (or simply inflicting prolonged legal harassment on) groups conducting supposedly wrongful advocacy, there’s every reason to think they will come after other advocacy groups later. Like yours.
Incidentally, one of the key words the non-scientist of the Virgin Islands demands CEI search for in its emails is “global cooling.” Now if that isn’t revealing, I don’t know what is.
On global cooling, a phenomenon the Government was saying was true in 1971, this broadcast (at about 3 minutes in).