Evidence shows that Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker’s March 29 press conference performance was merely for show. In reality, he had been colluding with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman,...
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Evidence shows that Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker’s March 29 press conference performance was merely for show. In reality, he had been colluding with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, his colleagues and environmental group leaders for more than a month. Walker sent his 19-page subpoena alleging “conspiracy to obtain money by false pretenses” to ExxonMobil headquarters in Dallas, Texas on March 15 – exactly two weeks before taking the stage in New York City, a fact he did not mention. He had something to hide and he hid it.
The Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest (ELCP), a left-leaning lobbying and litigating organization, fêted the regulatory victories of colleagues in the Obama administration with its “2016 Dinner and Celebration” at the Chicago Hilton on April 29, 2016. The group hosted two influential Democrat headliners, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois). After the speakers left the dais and the dinner party had adjourned for chit-chat around the open bar, the celebration’s point had become crystal clear: “Regulatory statutes are the cornerstone of the progressive agenda.”
There were plenty of corporate listeners with survival at stake: The colorful logo-festooned event announcement in Crain’s Chicago Business weekly newspaper listed some of the host’s funders – nearly 40 wind and solar energy companies, a bank, a private foundation, a giant medical supply firm, three “clean energy” trade associations, and a railroad heavily invested in hauling coal.
Conservatives and liberals have much to complain about today, with the omnibus spending bill’s inevitable passage. The bill, which is more than 2000 pages long, contains a $622 billion tax cut provision, but is packed to the gills with government spending totaling $1.1 trillion. The bill covers everything from visa regulations for foreign workers, to the EPA’s new wetlands regulations, to armor-piercing bullets to exports of domestically drilled crude oil, according to media outlets like USA Today.
The spending bill also includes a massive grant to UN climate programs. And while it misses giving directly to the UN’s Green Climate Fund – we’ve pledged $3 billion, but Congress has yet to approve the expenditure – it does give around $388 million to other global climate change efforts, some of which could funnel the cash directly into the GCF itself.
The Paris climate accords have been hailed as a “great achievement”for the member nations who participated in the COP21 meetings last week, but even signed, the accords come with one big hitch: they contain no enforcement provision nor any rubric to maintain accountability among those nations who committed to reduce their carbon output in order to curb “climate change.”
Pressed by NBC’s Chuck Todd on the agreement’s flaw, Secretary of State John Kerry, in charge of negotiating for the United States, claimed that the accords still specified benchmarks and created “mandatory reporting,” but failed to indicate to whom member nations would be accountable. Instead, Kerry insisted that member nations would keep each other accountable through “public shaming,” – a strategy that involves little more than a snarky back-and-forth between signers.
Environmental activists have found a new weapon to use in their battle with global warming realists: the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), a law enacted by Congress in 1978 to battle the mafia. Environmentalists hope to use RICO to criminalize any exercise of free speech that is critical of their extreme views on climate change.