Landmark California bill would allow prosecution of climate-change skeptics

A landmark California bill gaining steam would make it illegal to engage in climate-change dissent, clearing the way for lawsuits against fossil-fuel companies, think-tanks and others that have “deceived or misled the public on the risks of climate change.”

The first-of-its-kind legislation — Senate Bill 1161, or the California Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act of 2016 — is scheduled for floor action Thursday after clearing Senate committees in April and May.

The measure would allow state and local prosecutors to pursue claims against climate-change skepticism as a violation of the state’s Unfair Competition Law [UCL], as well as extend the four-year statute of limitations for such claims retroactively to Jan. 1, 2021.

“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,” says the state Senate Rules Committee’s floor analysis.

While the measure enjoys broad support by a bevy of environmental groups, the bill has also been described as an effort to ban free speech on climate change as well as chill donations to free-market groups.

135 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • gmeades says:

    California once again leading the way for Liberal nut jobs across the country… 1st amendment…? What 1st amendment…? Say anything we don’t like and we’ll prosecute you, fine you, and throw you in jail… of course, don’t dare try to do that to a Liberal or all hell will break lose…

  • Worried Vet says:

    Maybe it’s me but are we not allowing this? We don’t stand up and fight back why? We have let them change our schools to the point of propaganda only. We let them say humans are causing this. Well to me how do we fix it then? Maybe cull the population? It seems to me that’s where there heading. We let them preach about Co2 when our water ways are so polluted we can’t eat the fish. Humans cause Co2 trees help offset that so why not stop cutting down so many trees? Sounds like common sense to me. Factories cause pollution in water ways, why not make them clean it up? With today like it is we could stop pollution or at least slow it down where other generations don’t have to worry about being poisoned. We are letting them get away with period. Until we start complaining it will only get worse and it maybe to late. The liberals have way to much power. If you look at history you will see what happens when a party has to much power and propaganda.

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