What do you do when a large number of the officials in charge of enforcing the law conspire to break the laws they are sworn to uphold.
Now I’m not an attorney, but Glenn Reynolds is and he’s completely clear that what the Attorney’s Generals, including my state’s Attorney General are doing is, in fact a crime.
Federal law makes it a felony“for two or more persons to agree together to injure, threaten, or intimidate a person in any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the Unites States, (or because of his/her having exercised the same).”
I wonder if U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker, or California Attorney General Kamala Harris, or New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have read this federal statute. Because what they’re doing looks like a concerted scheme to restrict the First Amendment free speech rights of people they don’t agree with. They should look up 18 U.S.C. Sec. 241, I am sure they each have it somewhere in their offices.
Worse it’s becoming a pattern.
and it seems to be collusion.
The fact is that these persecutors have no real case against Exxon and no probable cause against CEI whatsoever.
Exxon is striking back. Does Exxon have a choice? This has moved from being the typical business style civil case to the potential for criminal charges. The reality is that it seems that Exxon is guilty of doing nothing more than having commissioned a report back in the 1960’s.
Of course the real conspiracy is that of the likes of the Rockefeller people, the Democrat AG’s and the friendly press.
The AG case is a spinoff of “investigative” journalism by the Los Angeles Times and Inside Climate News, which we now learn was directly underwritten by climate activists at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Rockefeller Family Fund.
“It’s about helping the larger public understand the urgencies of finding climate solutions. It’s not really about Exxon,” explained a Rockefeller official about a January meeting to coordinate the legal and journalistic attack.
The journalists involved in this travesty, we’re sorry to say, are of the dumber sort—confused about what science is. But their clottedness comes at a poignant moment.
Honest greens have always said nuclear power is indispensable for achieving big carbon reduction. James Hansen, the former NASA scientist who has been chaining himself to fences since the first Bush administration, was in Illinois last week lobbying against closure of a nuclear plant. Ditto activist Michael Shellenberger. We might also include Bill McKibben, the Bernie Sanders of the climate movement and shouter of Exxon accusations, who told journalist William Tucker four years ago, “If I came out in favor of nuclear, it would split this movement in half.”
The company filed court papers in Texas seeking to block a subpoena issued in March by the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands, one of several government officials pursuing Exxon. Wednesday’s filing argues that the subpoena is an unwarranted fishing expedition into Exxon’s internal records that violates its constitutional rights.
“The chilling effect of this inquiry, which discriminates based on viewpoint to target one side of an ongoing policy debate, strikes at protected speech at the core of the First Amendment,” the filing says.
Exxon also dismisses the notion that there is any suggestion of a crime, saying Attorney General Claude Earl Walker “issued the subpoena without the reasonable suspicion required by law and based on an ulterior motive to silence those who express views on climate change with which they disagree.”
A request for comment to the U.S. Virgin Islands’ attorney general’s office wasn’t immediately returned.
Of course Exxon has been the boogey man of the climate crowd for decades. As the biggest oil company it’s been the most obvious “cause” of global warming. And since the Exxon Valdez running aground Exxon has obviously been a bad environmental actor, no matter how much effort Exxon put in to clean up the mess and compensate the fishermen and others affected by the grounding.
The Amount of hate that the Greens and the media and Hollywood types have for Exxon is perhaps demonstrated in no better fashion than the fact that the Exxon Valdez is a star in the movie “Waterworld.” How that is possible when the ship was scrapped years ago is beyond me. They’ve been trying for decades to find a smoking gun and finding just little scraps that only the most imaginative would believe were in any way PROOF, PROOF, that the evil bosses at Exxon KNEW about the horrible terrible dangers and didn’t tell us.
Here’s the thing. How would anything changed if they had. Consider that very few people thought that the end of the world stuff, let alone AGW, was a thing back in 1968. Most people here in the states were more worried about nuclear rain than we were about anything related to the climate. a nuclear rain which the current crop of Greens aided and abetted every which way they could by weakening the US and giving as much aid and comfort to the Soviets as they could.
So Exxon came up with a report. My guess is that it was given as a poster at some API or similar organization’s conference and then, like most of those things forgotten. It’s whole reason for existence was to be enabler to get the industry engineers together for their annual party and dog and pony shows.
Exxon the company didn’t know anything. I truly doubt that the “End Of The World” obsession that so permeates that Green ever entered the executives and engineers’ heads as they went about their days. They were too busy doing cool stuff and getting oil and gas to people so that they could driver their cars and hear their homes. It the people running Exxon thought very much of the people outside the office very much at all, it was about what BP was doing in their gas stations and what Exxon would need to do to match it.
These witch hunts are more of a reflection of the left’s obsessions and need to control than they are about anything that anybody has done. After all, the people who created that infamous report are long gone, as an inevitable result of time. How many management changes have there been since 1968 after all. But in there drive for power they reach right into the very fabric that maintains civilization and tear it.
That’s why people have to oppose and stop the witch hunts. It’s actually far worse that we lose the rule of law and civilization than any amount of warming that could possibly exist. Civilization could survive the rising sea levels just fine. Yes the coastal cities would be inundated, but that can be dealt with. Or the cities themselves could be moved.
But tear civilization apart and there is no bottom. There’s nothing to stop billions of people for dying and centuries of untold misery for most people. That’s the Left’s inevitable consequence of their end game and that’s why they need to be stopped.