California wanted to prosecute the mere dissent of climate change, taking the War on Ideas to a whole new level. Luckily, the deadline for a vote on the bill expired.
A landmark bill allowing for the prosecution of climate change dissent effectively died Thursday after the California Senate failed to take it up before the deadline. Senate Bill 1161, or the California Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act of 2016, would have authorized prosecutors to sue fossil fuel companies, think tanks and others that have “deceived or misled the public on the risks of climate change.”
The measure, which cleared two Senate committees, provided a four-year window in the statute of limitations on violations of the state’s Unfair Competition Law, allowing legal action to be brought until Jan. 1 on charges of climate change “fraud” extending back indefinitely.
So they kind of killed the bill. What I find most disturbing is this bill, which promotes the prosecution of intellectual disagreement, passed 2 Senate committees and was not categorically rejected by the California Senate.
Science is proven through experiments and evidence, not prosecuting dissenting theories. Opposing this assault on free thought should have been a no-brainer.
“This bill explicitly authorizes district attorneys and the Attorney General to pursue UCL claims alleging that a business or organization has directly or indirectly engaged in unfair competition with respect to scientific evidence regarding the existence, extent, or current or future impacts of anthropogenic induced climate change,” said the state Senate Rules Committee’s floor analysis of the bill.
“Indirectly” is code for any organization that is vocally skeptical of climate change. Watch out advocacy groups, because the environmental radicals in the California Senate are coming for you.