NY’s attorney general has begun a criminal investigation of Exxon for climate crimes: specifically, denying global warming.Peabody Coal, it was disclosed today, has also been secretly under criminal investigation for the past two years, for the same “crime”.
If New York has started, count on California and Connecticut’s own media hog, Richard Blumenthal, to be right behind. When mere ideas and opinions that question official state policy are criminalized, the door has been opened. (The opening salvo was actually fired by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, (D., RI) who has called for the prosecution of “climate deniers” for criminal racketeering)
Next up? How about the two Cornell scientists who today published a paper showing no connection between eating junk food and obesity?
Or those who debunked Paul Erlich’s 1968 “Population Bomb”, described by Jonathan Last as “one of the most spectacularly foolish books ever published”, every one of whose predictions was wrong, yet triggered decades of government programs to reduce the world’s population via birth control and abortion?
Those who have completely debunked Rachael Carson’s “Silent Spring”, which led to governments world wide banning DDT and thus causing the deaths of hundreds of millions of people?
In 1992, San Jose State University entomologist J. Gordon Edwards, a long-time member of the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society and a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, offered a persuasive and comprehensive rebuttal of “Silent Spring.” As he explained in “The Lies of Rachel Carson,” a stunning, point by point refutation, “it simply dawned on me that that Rachel Carson was not interested in the truth about [pesticides] and that I was being duped along with millions of other Americans.” He demolished Carson’s arguments and assertions, calling attention to critical omissions, faulty assumptions, and outright fabrications.
In the words of Professor Robert H. White-Stevens, an agriculturist and biology professor at Rutgers University, “If man were to follow the teachings of Miss Carson, we would return to the Dark Ages, and the insects and diseases and vermin would once again inherit the earth.”
Or even the global warmists themselves, who questioned the official government position that we were facing a coming ice age?
Even in Greenwich, just this year we’ve seen Greenwich Chief of Detectives and incoming Police Chief Mark Kordick monitoring and investigating a local opponent of the Common Core curriculum.
The government is returning to “the bad old days”, when thoughts and opinions, not just actual acts, are criminalized, punished and suppressed. Bad news for all of us, yet a development that will be cheered by the media and all right thinking fascists, like Dollar Bill.