California Tries To Pass Anti-Free Speech Climate Change Bill

by William Teach | June 3, 2016 7:18 am

Do you know what would be funny as all get out? If all the fossil fuels companies, any companies associated with fossil fuels, and ever company run by a climate skeptic moved out of California. How would anyone get anywhere? Plus, the loss of all those jobs and revenue. Hit them where they hurt

(Washington Times[1]) A landmark bill allowing for the prosecution of climate change dissent effectively died Thursday after the California Senate failed to take it up before the deadline.

Senate Bill 1161[2], or the California Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act of 2016, would have authorized prosecutors to sue fossil fuel companies, think tanks and others that have “deceived or misled the public on the risks of climate change.”

The measure, which cleared two Senate committees, provided a four-year window in the statute of limitations on violations of the state’s Unfair Competition Law, allowing legal action to be brought until Jan. 1 on charges of climate change “fraud” extending back indefinitely.

In Warmist World, fraud means any speech that they disagree with. But, interestingly, they get very upset when they are called fascists. Originally, the bill allowed suits going back 30 years, but, was then amended to go back indefinitely.

The bill, however, is probably not dead. It can be brought back up later in the year, and, being that the California general assembly is controlled by Democrats, it most likely will, with a few tiny changes to make it palatable in the Senate. If I had to guess, they’ll wait till after the November general election, to avoid the scrutiny that Democrats hate free speech and are fascists

Stephen Frank, editor of the conservative California Political Review, called the bill a “totalitarian statement by Democrats that the First Amendment is now dead.”

“Did you donate to the Pacific Legal Foundation? Do you support Americans for Prosperity? Are you a member of the California Republican Party, which has a platform approving of all forms of energy, including fossil fuel (oil)? Do you work for a gas station, an oil company, have you written a letter to the editor in favor of oil drilling?” Mr. Frank wrote in a May 31 post[3].

“If so, you could find yourself with being charged in a court of law, thanks to S.B. 1161,” he wrote.

The bill itself proclaims there is no legitimate disagreement on the cause of ‘climate change’, blaming it mostly on fossil fuels. I wonder if those in the California GA have given up their own use of fossil fuels? If not, perhaps the fossil fuels companies can help them out be shutting down operations in California.

Like I’ve noted, Warmists are increasing their use of Lawfare in order to force compliance while chilling constitutionally protected free speech. If they can prove fraud, go for it. Because skeptics can easily prove fraud in the so-called climate science.

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