For years, manmade global warming proponents have compared “climate denier” groups and corporations to the tobacco industry, in that they allegedly suppress evidence in order to keep themselves in business.
The tobacco industry was dealt a blow in 2006 when U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ruled in favor of the government in its multi-billion dollar racketeering lawsuit against the industry. Judge Kessler wrote:
“Over the course of more than 50 years, defendants lied, misrepresented, and deceived the American public, including smokers and the young people they avidly sought as ‘replacement smokers,’ about the devastating health effects of smoking and environmental tobacco smoke, they suppressed research, they destroyed documents, they manipulated the use of nicotine so as to increase and perpetuate addiction, they distorted the truth about low-tar and light cigarettes so as to discourage smokers from quitting, and they abused the legal system in order to achieve their goal — to make money with little, if any, regard for individual suffering,soaring health costs, or the integrity of the legal system.”
Manmade global warming proponents want the same thing for “climate denier” groups, individuals, and corporations. They want to bring down the oil industry on racketeering charges just as the tobacco companies were brought down.
The attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Claude Walker issued a subpoena in March demanding all communications between Exxon Mobil and some 90 different conservative and libertarian organizations and think tanks. The Washington Free Beacon reported:
The subpoena was part of a national, coordinated legal campaign by state attorneys general and left-wing advocacy groups to use the legal system against companies and organizations that disagree with and advocate against Democratic policies to address global climate change.
The existence of the subpoena was first reported by the Wall Street Journal in April. A newly released copy obtained by the Washington Free Beacon reveals the names of the organizations targeted in the effort, which had previously been redacted.
Those organizations include some of the nation’s preeminent conservative and libertarian nonprofit groups. The AG is requesting Exxon Mobil communications with the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, the Federalist Society, the Hoover Institution, the Reason Foundation, and the Mercatus Institute, among other groups.
One target of the subpoena, the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute, has already publicly responded to Walker. Its attorney called the attorney general’s subpoena “a blatant attempt to intimidate and harass an organization for advancing views that you oppose.”
If anything, it’s the manmade global warming proponents who are guilty of racketeering, suppressing evidence, and silencing opposition.