Democrat State AGs' Campaign Against 'Climate Deniers' Unravels
On March 29, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced with great fanfare a coalition of 17 Democrat state attorneys general who were preparing to pursue "climate deniers" to "the fullest extent of the law." Calling themselves “AGs United for Clean Power,” the group vowed to "as aggressively as possible" investigate and prosecute businesses like Exxon Mobile that commit “fraud” by "lying" about climate change.
Like Grand Inquisitors, they demanded -- without judicial sanction -- documents and files on individuals and groups with dissenting opinions on global warming. Most, if not all, of their targets responded by telling them to pound sand.
Meanwhile, a group of 13 Republican attorneys general sent their Democrat counterparts letters warning them that if Democrats can use the force of law to silence climate change narratives they don't like, so can Republicans. “If it is possible to minimize the risks of climate change, then the same goes for exaggeration,” said the letter. “If minimization is fraud, exaggeration is fraud.”
Now, according to Wall Street Journal columnist Holman Jenkins Jr. on Opinion Journal, Schneiderman's "phony-bologna" campaign is "completely unraveling," with one Democrat AG after another bowing out of the charade, leaving Schneiderman holding the bag.
"His campaign is completely unraveling," Jenkins said. "First of all, it was a phony-bologna case to begin with, that Exxon had done these studies in the 70s on climate change and then lied to the public about what it had found. It didn’t. It published these studies in journals and made them available to everybody and they’ve been available ever since, so there was no mystery here."