Readers will remember the “science guy”:
As a taxpayer and voter, the introduction of this extreme doubt about climate change is affecting my quality of life as a public citizen… So I can see where people are very concerned about this, and they’re pursuing criminal investigations as well as engaging in discussions like this….That there is a chilling effect on scientists who are in extreme doubt about climate change, I think that is good. ViaWashington Times More.
That sort of thing is big in Big Government now. For example, Breitbart London notes the lawfare approach:
Now the Attorney General of the US Virgin Islands — some utter nonentity called Claude Earl Walker — has gone a step further by actually subpoenaing the Competitive Enterprise Institute to give up ten years’ worth of documents pertaining to its relationship with ExxonMobil.
Walker is trying to nail the oil giant using a criminal statute originally designed to convict drug dealers and mobsters.
See also: Wisconsin Poli Sci Prof: Punish Climate Change Deniers
Outlawing critics and making non-government-supported opinions a crime is the quickest route to apparent success. Ask Galileo.
Climate change is probably a test case for further such interventions. Once people have a truth that is their road to power, any evidence they do not control is just a problem. And people who vote for that will certainly get it.
See also: Bill Nye, “not the philosophy” guy