Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.
Big Green is big business. The global renewable energy market is estimated at over $600 billion. Obama’s stimulus boondoggle alone blew around $50 billion on green energy. Annual spending is somewhere around $39 billion a year and that’s just the tip of the Big Green iceberg.
California carbon auctions are climbing into the billions. And the endgame is a national and a global carbon tax that will allow Big Green to take money out of the pockets of every single human being.
Environmentalism isn’t a hippie with a cardboard sign. It’s multinational corporations and big banks. It’s environmental consultants padding the bill for every government project. It’s subsidies that get carved up ten different ways into highly profitable investments at taxpayer expense. It’s brand greenwashing and useless recycling programs. It’s a dime, a dollar or a hundred dollars added to every bill.
Big Green is booming business. But it can’t succeed on its own. Without public policy based on the hoax that the planet is going to be destroyed unless Big Green gets more green cash, the scam collapses.
Even as the science behind the conspiracy theory that claims humans are warming the planet continues to fall apart, Big Green is escalating its crackdown on climate science. If you are going to falsely claim that 99.99% of scientists agree with you, the best way to ensure that is by criminalizing scientific dissent.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has called for punishing and imprisoning dissenters. Bill Nye endorsed such a call just last week. And while it’s easy to dismiss Kennedy and Nye as famous crackpots, Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted that there had been discussions about prosecuting climate dissenters. And that materials had been passed along to the FBI.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and 14 other Democratic attorney generals have begun working the more profitable corporate angle by targeting Exxon Mobil, hoping to cut off researchers and activists from their funding.
The agenda was blatantly on parade right from the start at a press conference of attorney generals under the banner of “AG’s United for Clean Power”. Imagine a group of attorney generals banding together under the name “AG’s United for Pepsi” to sue Coca Cola. That’s exactly what this was. The attorney generals were announcing that they are targeting one industry on behalf of a rival industry.
The Big Green group of prosecutors was launched by Al Gore, whose Big Green investments have made him a very rich man. Gore is the chairman of Generation Investment Management, a UK investment management firm that focuses on environmental investments. Its funds are valued at $7.3 billion. Gore’s Inconvenient Truth ecohoax flick was financed by the head of the Capricorn Investment Group. Al Gore invests in Green Energy and then runs campaigns urging government Green investments.
Now Gore has moved beyond that blatant conflict of interest to trying to criminalize rival industries.
So have the attorney generals who in addition to investigating climate critics will also lobby for more money for Big Green. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced that she will work “to speed our transition to a clean energy future”. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring declared that he wanted to “encourage the growth of our clean energy sectors”.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan didn’t even bother pretending that she wasn’t there as an industry lobbyist. Instead she announced that she wanted to “advocate for a comprehensive portfolio of renewable energy sources”.
Al Gore does have quite the “comprehensive portfolio”.
We’ve gone way beyond mere lobbying here. This is an industry group of attorney generals vowing to shut down one industry on behalf of another. This is how abusively corrupt Big Green has become.
But beyond targeting industries, this is a coalition dedicated to targeting ideas.
Big Green and its big Democratic backers claim that they are only targeting industries. Their goal is to bankrupt gas and oil just like they bankrupted coal, leaving Americans with no choice except overpriced and unreliable Big Green energy. But their targets aren’t just industries and the people who work for them. They have their sights set on eliminating dissenting ideas that make their fraud possible.
The campaign against Exxon Mobil seeks to treat the funding of dissenting ideas about Global Warming as fraud. It’s impossible to escape the Galilean implications of climate heresy trials in such a move. But the subpoena against the Competitive Enterprise Institute targets critics of Big Green’s climate fraud more directly and is a major step in the suppression of free speech.
If Big Green’s attorney generals are allowed to get away with claiming that funding speech critical of Big Green’s Global Warming ecoscam is fraud, then the next step is treating the speech itself as fraud. Targeting companies like Exxon Mobil allows the 16 Big Green AGs to look like they’re taking on a corporation when what they’re actually doing is taking on critics of their corrupt Green industry.
The impetus for this particular campaign appears to have come from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund which announced in 2014 that it was “divesting” from fossil fuels and switching to Big Green investments. Then the Rockefellers hosted a major push targeting Exxon and calling for divestment and a carbon tax. A few months earlier, Al Gore had been warning investors at the Paris Climate Conference to abandon traditional energy investments and join Big Green or lose all their money.
The profiteering and the conflicts of interest are obvious. So is the corruption. But this campaign shows that the wealth of men like Gore or the Rockefellers isn’t only going to be built on crushing coal miners, depriving the elderly of heat in the winter and running up energy costs for working families. It also requires silencing and suppressing those people still willing to speak out against the Big Green fraud.
There’s nothing natural about our “transition” to Big Green. It’s the greatest financial fraud of our time. It makes no sense either economically or technologically. Instead Big Green profiteers had to invent a crisis, lie about the science, shake down governments and bribe everyone in sight. If the sky isn’t falling and the ice hasn’t vanished, as Al Gore claimed, then Big Green loses all its big wads of green cash.
And so Big Green has carved out its targets. Its allied politicians will hit any company that donates to actual climate investigations. While Exxon is an obvious target, the same legal arguments can be made against any company that would stand to lose money from Big Green’s victory. And that’s every company that isn’t already part of Big Green. Which is certainly convenient for Big Green.
Any conservative group that still questions Warmunism can be pursued. As can individuals. Mark Steyn is still battling the Mann lawsuit. Dr. Timothy Ball was sued by various politicians and officials. Such lawsuits are meant to suppress criticism of Big Green and its allies. Conservative organizations and think tanks will be forced to declare the topic off limits. Single issue groups will have their funding targeted, their experts sued and eventually their organizations dismantled by Big Green’s pet prosecutors.
And beyond lawsuits lies the shadow of the prison door.
The left is a fundamentally totalitarian movement. History is filled with examples that make it difficult for us to dismiss rhetoric about “locking up” critics as an empty threat. There is too much money and ideology depending on Big Green’s unsustainable greed. Big Green’s big investors are riding a tiger. They can’t get off or they’ll be eaten alive. They have no choice but to destroy their rivals and theirs critics.
And ordinary people, from coal miners to working families to scientists, have no choice but to resist.