California was about to pass a law — SB-1161 that would retroactively prosecute any opposition to “climate change” — any studies that contradict “the science of climate change,” any organization that questions the lies of the left. It was stopped – for now, but look at where the statists are headed.
Think tanks, advocacy groups, The Pacific Legal Foundation, etc. would all be subject to prosecution. And retroactively!!! Since when is it legal to pass laws retroactively?
It even has an Orwellian name, the California Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act of 2016, and it would have authorized prosecutors to sue fossil fuel companies, think tanks and others that have “deceived or misled the public on the risks of climate change.”
That is what Democrat prosecutors are now trying to do. They have Exxon Mobil and over 100 think tanks and Conservative and Libertarian organizations under investigation.
The measure, which cleared two Senate committees, provided a four-year window in the statute of limitations on violations of the state’s Unfair Competition Law, allowing legal action to be brought until Jan. 1 on charges of climate change “fraud” extending back indefinitely.
“This bill explicitly authorizes district attorneys and the Attorney General to pursue UCL claims alleging that a business or organization has directly or indirectly engaged in unfair competition with respect to scientific evidence regarding the existence, extent, or current or future impacts of anthropogenic induced climate change,” said the state Senate Rules Committee’s floor analysis of the bill.
Introduced by state Sen. Ben Allen, Santa Monica Democrat, S.B. 1161 had strong support from environmental groups, led by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
While this did not move forward, it is important to understand where this country is headed. When you silence free speech on an unsettled science through government force, it’s called Communism or maybe even Fascism.