Progressives are the most dangerous people in the United States. If they don’t like your politics, they’ll look for ways to shut you up. They usually employ government bureaucrats to harass and intimidate opponents. Now they’ve found a more effective means to silence those who are bold enough to question their assertions and motives.
A group of state attorneys general are using the courts to quash dissent on man-made global warming. Here is an excerpt from the Daily Caller.
“Instead of honoring legitimate academic and scientific inquiry, the far-left has gone to extremes to silence those who disagree,” Inhofe told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “This is not about the science, it is about personal attacks and politics at its worst.”
Inhofe’s referring to investigations launched by the attorneys general of California, Massachusetts, New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands into ExxonMobil’s global warming activities over the past 20 years or so. Virgin Islands AG Claude Walker has subpoenaed Exxon and a libertarian think tank for records under the guise the oil giant was violating the territory’s anti-racketeering law.
But it wasn’t until Tuesday night that an un-redacted copy of the subpoena Walker sent Exxon was obtained by reporters. Walker’s subpoena asked for information from 88 mostly-right-leaning think tanks along with 54 scientists and policy experts skeptical of global warming.
Progressives will abuse their authority. Republican Majority Leader Tom Delay can attest to that. A politically motivated District Attorney fished for a pliable Grand Jury until he got the people he wanted. Delay’s conviction was a travesty of justice. He was later exonerated by a Texas Court of Appeals. It’s unfortunate that democrats have to resort to such tactics.