While some liberals are trying to destroy the second and fourth Amendments by taking away gun rights for anyone on the terrorist watch list, even though the list puts people on who don’t deserve it, others are attacking the first amendment by trying to toss in jail anyone skeptical of the climate change hypothesis.
Not surprisingly one of the Attorneys General leading the liberal effort to destroy the free speech of climate skeptics is New York State’s Eric Schneiderman of whom the nicest thing that could be said of him is that he’s a bully, more interested in his career than justice.
Lauded by Vice President Gore as “the best, most hopeful step in years” in this effort, the AGs United for Clean Power coalition brings together attorneys general from 25 states, territories, cities and counties to explore ways to jointly support the fight against climate change.
One such tactic includes facilitating ongoing and potential joint investigations into whether fossil fuel companies and industry groups mislead the public about the dangers of climate change or the viability of renewable energy resources.
But as the saying goes what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. A coalition of Republican Attorneys General sent a letter to the Schneiderman group warning that the prosecution of climate skeptics will be met with a prosecution of climate alarmists. (full letter embedded below)
We all understand the need for a healthy environment, but we represent a wide range of viewpoints regarding the extent to which man contributes to climate change and the costs and benefits of any proposed fix. Nevertheless, we agree on at least one thing— this is not a question for the courts. Using law enforcement authority to resolve a public policy debate undermines the trust invested in our offices and threatens free speech.
We are concerned that our colleagues’ investigation undermines the trust the people have invested in Attorneys General to investigate fraud. Investigatory subpoenas were issued to at least one company and one non-profit believed to have made statements minimizing the risks of climate change. At the press conference, one of our colleagues noted that “we are pursuing this as we would any other fraud matter.” We routinely investigate fraud, and have done so with many of the states present at the press conference. But this investigation is far from routine. We are unaware of any fraud case combining the following three characteristics: 1) the investigation targets a particular type of market participant; 2) the Attorneys General identify themselves with the competitors of their investigative targets; and 3) the investigation implicates an ongoing public policy debate.
The GOP AG’s then tear apart all the reasons United for Clean Power coalition gave for prosecuting skeptics…