Thursday, July 07, 2016
If Adam Brodsky of the New York Post is to be believed, the fascistic campaign by a cabal of state attorneys general to intimidate dissenters from the climate change orthodoxy is imploding, which would be welcome news. Brodsky closes on an interesting note:
Sure, states like New York (one of just a few places in America where fracking is banned) may applaud [NY AG Eric] Schneiderman. But Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds, a law professor, also notes some ironic potential costs to the attack: Under federal law, he writes, it's a felony "for two or more persons to agree together to injure, threaten, or intimidate a person ... the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the United States."I regard this news as good as it may be, as being of the "breathing room" variety. The fact remains that few politicians understand the value of freedom of speech or respect that right. There will be another round.
Inspired by the 1990s victory against tobacco companies, the Schneiderman cabal thought it could score big-time by threatening a RICO case against fossil-fuel companies. How fitting if the same threat brings them to heel.