SB 1161: Makes Questioning “Climate Change” a Sue-able Offense. Criminal?

Did you donate to the Pacific Legal Foundation?  Do you support Americans for Prosperity?  Are you a member of the California Republican Party, which has a platform approving of all forms of energy, including fossil fuel (oil)?  Do you work for a gas station, an oil company, have your written a letter to the editor in favor of oil drilling?  If so, you could find yourself with being charged in a court of law, thanks to SB 1161.

“Section 2(b) of the bill declares it the California legislature’s policy to promote “redress for unfair competition practices committed by entities that have deceived, confused, or misled the public on the risks of climate change or financially supported activities that have deceived, confused, or misled the public on those risks” [emphasis added] — a very clear signal that the target is public issue advocacy, and not merely (say) advertising that is directed at consumers in their capacity as buyers of gasoline at the pump. Last month, a federal court slapped down, as an unconstitutional burden on First Amendment rights, California Attorney General Kamala Harris’s demand for the donor lists of nonprofits that carry on operations in California.

In fact State Senator Hannah “Taxin” Jackson and San Fran’s own Senator Mark Leno want to criminalize classroom discussions, letter writing and Facebook posts.  Work for a company that makes the product and you are in even bigger trouble.  1984 is here—a totalitarian statement by Democrats that the First Amendment is now dead.  What do you think?

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California “climate science truth” bill would revive lapsed statutes of limitation

Walter Olson, Overlawyered,  5/31/16

An extraordinary bill in the California legislature, promoted as making it easier to sue fossil fuel companies over their involvements in public debate, would lift the four-year statute of limitations of the state’s already extremely liberal Unfair Competition Law, otherwise known as s. 17200 — and retrospectively, so as to revive decades’ worth of time-lapsed claims “with respect to scientific evidence regarding the existence, extent, or current or future impacts of anthropogenic induced anthropogenic-induced climate change.” Despite a 2004 round of voter-sponsored reform which curbed some of its worst applications, s. 17200 still enables what a California court called “legal shakedown” operations in which “ridiculously minor” violations serve as the predicate for automatic entitlement to damages, attorneys’ fees, and other relief.

Combined with the plans laid by California Attorney General Kamala Harris — part of the alliance of AGs that has sought to investigate not only oil, gas, and coal companies, but private advocacy groups and university scientists who have played a role in what is characterized as “climate denial” — the bill would begin laying the legal groundwork for an astonishingly broad campaign of inquisition and, potentially, expropriation. The bill was approved by a subcommittee and was further amended May 10 to provide that climate science-related claims of any age would begin a four-year reviver period as of next January. [Northern California Record; the left-leaning Union of Concerned Scientists has a piece supporting the bill]

Section 2(b) of the bill declares it the California legislature’s policy to promote “redress for unfair competition practices committed by entities that have deceived, confused, or misled the public on the risks of climate change or financially supported activities that have deceived, confused, or misled the public on those risks” [emphasis added] — a very clear signal that the target is public issue advocacy, and not merely (say) advertising that is directed at consumers in their capacity as buyers of gasoline at the pump. Last month, a federal court slapped down, as an unconstitutional burden on First Amendment rights, California Attorney General Kamala Harris’s demand for the donor lists of nonprofits that carry on operations in California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Will the sun be sued?

  2. Really??? says

    The right to your own opinions just took a major hit.

    But again this is the same political party that states the issue of air pollution continues to increase after both NOAA & CARB stated based on 1960 air pollution has dropped by 98%. CARB states if Calif. did nothing else air quality will continue to increase.

    Adrian, where are you when we need a great scientific rebut?

  3. Alice Sullivan says

    Everyone should start reading Atlas Shrugged.
    The morons of the world have finally taken over CA. That’s why Trump is doing so well and the morons still don’t get it. These politicians need to get a real job and a real life.

  4. If the Fascist Left has to threaten people with lawsuits to promote their claims, it just proves that global warming is a huge scam.

  5. How many more companies and citizens will leave the state if this bill is passed? Or will Sacramento silence the results and keep secret the bill passed to avoid outrage and enable gestapo-like enforcement on unsuspecting Californians? This silencing of debate is so wrong in many ways.

  6. And they call Issis terrorists!

  7. Never mind that they have spent over 100 billion in our tax dollars to try and prove global warming is man made. Found out that only 6% of the .039% of the atmospheric CO2 is man made. That is an astonishing .000234% of the atmosphere. There has been no increase in temps or ocean rises for almost 20 years. It is proven without a doubt that climate change is cyclic, not man made. It is proven without a doubt that increase in CO2 FOLLOWS temperature increase, not precede it! We need to be at 1000ppm CO2 to sustain agriculture around a growing World.
    And lastly, I am not posting this using the “Facebook” sign in because they will delete any messages from me. DO NOT GET ON THE WRONG SIDE OF LIBERAL FACEBOOK!

  8. One of the bases of this country is freedom of thought and expression. Lenin must be cheering from his grave in salute to all the useful idiots in our communist govt today.

  9. Also, if John L. Casey is correct we could be heading into another little ice age. Dark Winter was written by him documents how there are 200-year cycles of cold. Caused by sun activity and not a damned thing to do with man. Let Al Gore try to control the sun. If there is money to be made I am sure he would try.

  10. askeptic says

    I’m surprised the penalty for violation of SB-1161 isn’t Death!

  11. Again, truly Bolshevism is in control. This must end!

  12. I followed a recommendation to read “Climategate” by Brian Sussman and am glad I did. Very revealing and informative.

  13. Skeptical says

    I wonder how long a judge will take, before dismissing this obvious violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution with prejudice?
    Twenty minutes?

    • My faith in an unbiased political judicial system is not very high. The Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that CO2 is a pollutant, the very air we breathe out and feed plants. Also, Obamacare…buy my product or else give me your money, extortion?

  14. This is insane! As you know Stephen, I’m still (since 2010) exposing the corruption and cronyism (ECO-Hypocrites and ECO-Nuts too) behind the green agenda, over at The Green Corruption Files.

    http://greencorruption.blogspot.com/

  15. I am amazed that people STILL VOTE DEMOCRAT. Really, are we really that dumb? Encourage folks to see the movie “”CLIMATE HUSTLE”” and hear what real climate scientists say – AND how their careers have already been affected by disagreeing.

  16. When I saw your first line ‘do you donate to Pacific Legal Foundation?’ I had to read on. Our family tree farm has donated to them for years. We feel we can trust them to help us. They have had so many successes in property rights.

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