Virgin Islands AG Goes After Private Climate Skeptic Group

Many, many Warmists have agitated to go after climate skeptics for their heretical belief that Mankind is not responsible for the majority of the minimal global warming since 1850 (or whatever date they choose to attempt to prop up their cult). Sitting elected officials like Sheldon Whitehouse. Former ones like Al Gore. A man running for president, Bernie Sanders, published as his official platform that he will “Bring climate deniers to justice”, a tyrannical view of the government. The examples of this assault on personal belief, science, and the First Amendment are continuous and breathtaking. Now comes this

That tweet leads to the Independent Sentinel, which reminds us

If you recall former Vice President and global warming guru Al Gore and 16 Attorneys General, calling themselves the “AGs United for Clean Power”, announced at a press conference last week that they will criminalize climate change denial by corporations. This is meant to squelch dissent and free speech.

The first volley was lobbed by the US Attorney General for the Virgin Islands, one of the sixteen, and he is going after a powerful think tank, Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Are they our new thought police?

Interestingly, the US Virgin Islands rely heavily on fossil fuels to bring tourists and goods on airplanes and ships.

CEI released this statement

Attack on Free Speech Is Abuse and Intimidation

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.

“CEI will vigorously fight to quash this subpoena. It is an affront to our First Amendment rights of free speech and association for Attorney General Walker to bring such intimidating demands against a nonprofit group,” said CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman. “If Walker and his allies succeed, the real victims will be all Americans, whose access to affordable energy will be hit by one costly regulation after another, while scientific and policy debates are wiped out one subpoena at a time.”

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.

CEI has long been a champion of sound climate change policy, and opposed previous attempts to use McCarthy-style tactics by officials aiming to limit discussions between nonprofit policy groups and the private sector regarding federal policies. CEI is being represented in this matter by attorneys Andrew M. Grossman and David B. Rivkin, Jr., who recently founded the Free Speech in Science Project to defend First Amendment rights against government abuses.

As Sarah Noble at the Independent Sentinel notes “This is particularly shocking because they are going after a think tank, not an oil or gas company. Think about that!” But, should we be shocked? This is the direction of the Cult of Climastrology, which is made up primarily of Progressives (nice fascists), and, despite their calls for tolerance, diversity, and multiculturalism, they are wholly intolerant of any belief, fact, and opinion that doesn’t jibe 100% with theirs, and are willing to use abusive tactics, tactics they decry when others use them, to get their way. They will use the power of government as one method.

Interestingly, they still cannot prove that the miminal warming during the Modern Warm Period has been caused mostly/solely by Mankind, nor will the majority of Warmists give up their own use of fossil fuels and make their lives carbon neutral.

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