Standing alongside Al Gore, Democratic attorneys general from 16 states announced yesterday they will prosecute oil and gas companies that challenge the catastrophic global warming narrative. Articles were released last year by “journalism entities that receive funding from foundations known for their climate change activism” that allegedly show Exxon knew the dangers of carbon dioxide and suppressed the information. A spokesperson for Exxon/Mobil said the charges are baseless.
What is the smoking gun? A single email in 1981 from Exxon’s in-house climate expert regarding the possible effects of increased carbon dioxide emissions, long before anyone was actually investigating the science of global warming. Keep in mind that during this time period, news outlets had been championing the narrative we were entering a mini Ice Age. All the investigations were done by writers funded by a left-wing nonprofit “bent on getting institutions to divest from fossil fuel companies.”
The Democratic AGs are hoping to criminalize certain political opinions, even though according to most experts they don’t have much of a case. Al Gore said at the press conference that, “In the opinion of many who have looked at this pattern of misbehavior and what certainly looks like fraud, they are violating the law.” This may explain Gore’s recent announcement that “we only have two years left to save the planet and to convince people of global warming’s imminent threat.” Except in 2014, Gore told Rolling Stones that we have reached a turning point, and have seen “the worst effects of climate change.”
The sign in front of Al Gore and the attorney generals representing Democratic-controlled states, reads: “AGs United for Clean Power.” Gore said it was an “historic coalition” that would investigate “commercial interests that have been… deceiving the American people” about the reality of the “climate crisis and the dangers it poses to all of us.” Leading the group is New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who first began inquiring into the so-called smoking gun. This is not the first time Schneiderman has sought media attention over controversial issues.
Appearing in front of cameras, Schneiderman said, “The bottom line is simple: Climate change is real; it is a threat to all the people we represent. If there are companies, whether they’re utilities, whether they’re fossil fuel companies, committing fraud in an effort to maximize their short-term profits at the expense of the people we represent, we want to find out about it. We want to expose it and want to pursue them to the fullest extent of the law,” he adds.
If Schneiderman prevails, it is almost certain that prices for energy will skyrocket. Both President Obama and Al Gore have been advocating for higher energy costs to wean Americans off fossil fuels, even though it is fossil fuels that have made Gore a very wealthy man. When he sold his now-defunct cable channel to Al Jazeera, he knew full well Al Jazeera was a news organization funded by Qatar, a country that receives the bulk of its wealth from fossil fuels. That deal made Gore $100 million richer.
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