What do you do when members of your group go rogue, and begin an inquisition against those of us out there who might not be on the same page on climate change theories?
Treating climate change as an absolute, unassailable fact, instead of what it is—an unproven, controversial scientific theory—a group of state attorneys general have announced that they will be targeting any companies that challenge the catastrophic climate change religion.
Speaking at a press conference on March 29, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, “The bottom line is simple: Climate change is real.” He went on to say that if companies are committing fraud by “lying” about the dangers of climate change, they will “pursue them to the fullest extent of the law.”
The coalition of 17 inquisitors are calling themselves “AGs United for Clean Power.” The coalition consists of 15 state attorneys general (California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington State), as well as the attorneys general of the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Sixteen of the seventeen members are Democrats, while the attorney general for the Virgin Islands, Claude Walker, is an independent.
The inquisitors are threatening legal action and huge fines against anyone who declines to believe in an unproven scientific theory.
Fortunately, there are other state attorneys general who understand the importance of the rule of law as opposed to what they say is an “ambition to use the law to silence voices with which we disagree.” Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said they would not be joining this coalition:
Reasonable minds can disagree about the science behind global warming, and disagree they do. This scientific and political debate is healthy and should be encouraged. It should not be silenced with threats of criminal prosecution by those who believe that their position is the only correct one and that all dissenting voices must therefore be intimidated and coerced into silence. It is inappropriate for State Attorneys General to use the power of their office to attempt to silence core political speech on one of the major policy debates of our time.
I had a note into South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley on this, as it represents a significant policy issue that the National Attorney Generals group that Marty serves as chairman of has yet to address.
Marty has always been a level head in maintaining, fighting for, and upholding the rights of South Dakotans in the face of burdensome laws and an overbearing federal government. Our Attorney General has fought the EPA on their environmental activism.
In response to the issue, this evening, Attorney General Jackley provided that “The South Dakota Attorney General’s Office has been involved in joint AG discussions on this matter, but we have chosen not to participate in any litigation at this time based on the current facts and evidence,” said Jackley.
So, while other area states are going whole hog after the issue, as far as South Dakota is concerned, the current facts and evidence aren’t there to litigate against climate change disbelievers.