“I want to pause here and talk about this notion of consensus, and the rise of what has been called consensus science. I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had. Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus. There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.” … Michael Crichton
The hard left is losing the debate on global warming and is increasingly turning to anti-democratic tactics to criminalize dissent. Al Gore and a coalition comprised of nearly twenty state attorney generals have unjustly subpoenaed conservative organizations in an effort to prove a non-existent conspiracy that Exxon Mobil has purposely hid their research on the dangers of global warming. Now Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. Ted Lieu have joined the fascist fray by introducing legislation attempting to “disapprove” the activities of private companies, trade associations, foundations and organizations who question the liberal consensus view on climate change.
The resolution, which was introduced today, attempts to link the efforts of tobacco companies, lead manufacturers, and now energy companies into a conspiracy of “misinformation to mislead the public and cast doubt.” The resolution asks Congress to take a formal position disapproving the activities of trade associations and foundations that “undermine [the] peer-reviewed” consensus.
In short, this is fascism in a resolution.
It is no secret that the global-warmists are funded by billions of dollars from both the government and private foundations in a scheme to enrich investors in alternative energy companies like Tesla, SolarCity, and others. Wall Street investment firms have funded trade associations and lobbyists in order to protect their investments in failing alternative energy companies. Rather than stand on their own in the marketplace of ideas, these companies only survive through subsidies and the support of the state.
The warmists have now turned to the threat of prosecution and subpoena to attempt to silence their critics. Groups like the Competitive Enterprise Institute have been targeted by the state for publishing material questioning the liberal consensus on warming. At least three attorney generals have issued subpoenas against conservative groups. Attorney General Loretta Lynch suggested the Department of Justice look into the issue. Now Whitehouse and Lieu have joined the effort to criminalize dissent.
In other words, the fear mongers are losing and are now looking for Big Brother to throw the final punch. If the warmists thought they were convincing the American people of the perils of global warming, they would not turn to these shameful tactics, which are reminiscent of the Soviet Union. In the interim, we must continue to protect debate, discussion and the First Amendment by condemning those who would condemn their opponents to a jail cell.