So much for freedom and the right to hold dissenting opinions. On Tuesday, the Washington Times reported that Democratic attorneys general in 16 states are going after companies that do not agree with left-wing ideology regarding climate change. Of course, this has the blessing of former Vice President Al Gore.
Valerie Richardson reported:
Standing beside former Vice President Al Gore, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the state officials are committed to “working together on key climate-related initiatives,” including queries into whether fossil fuel companies like ExxonMobil have committed fraud by deceiving the public and shareholders about the impact of man-made carbon dioxide emissions.
Two states — California and New York — already have launched probes into ExxonMobil, while attorneys general from Massachusetts and the Virgin Islands indicated Tuesday that they would follow suit. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker, an independent, is the only non-Democrat involved in the campaign, called AGs United for Clean Power.
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“The bottom line is simple: Climate change is real; it is a threat to all the people we represent,” Schneiderman said. “If there are companies, whether they’re utilities, whether they’re fossil fuel companies, committing fraud in an effort to maximize their short-term profits at the expense of the people we represent, we want to find out about it. We want to expose it and want to pursue them to the fullest extent of the law.”
The real bottom line is even simpler than that. This is liberalism in all its naked glory. “Think as we tell you to or else.”
Marc Morano, who heads up the pro-freedom Climate Depot, put it this way:
“Gore joined with attention-seeking attorneys general to essentially try to shut down any ‘global warming’ views that differ from the United Nations’ or Gore‘s,” said Mr. Morano in an email. “Agree or face investigations is the new normal for the climate debate.”
Schneiderman denies his efforts to police thought interferes with the First Amendment, however, saying, “The First Amendment, ladies and gentlemen, does not give you the right to commit fraud.”
So, now we’re to the point where disagreeing with Al Gore is “fraud.”
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