Calif. Senate Rethinks Climate Change Doubt

FILE - In this June 2, 2014 file photo, former Vice President Al Gore addresses the class of 2014 at Princeton University's Class Day in Princeton, N.J.  Gore gave a rousing talk about climate change and the need for urgent action during the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas on Friday, March 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
(AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

The California Senate has had second thoughts and will not take up the bill that would criminalize climate change skepticism. More specifically Senate Bill 1161, introduced by Democrat state Sen. Ben Allen, would make not believing in climate change an unfair business practice in California and would lengthen the statute of limitations for such a “crime.” The Orwellian, thought crime legislation had passed both the state Senate’s environmental and judiciary committees before it was taken off the Senate floor on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the proposed Nineteen Eighty-Fourish law can be reconsidered at a later date.

Allen’s bill has been roundly criticized as being anti-free speech. In addition, in an analysis of his draft thought crime Allen wrote the purpose of the legislation was to hold fossil-fuel companies accountable for actions they took decades ago:

Keeping the statute limited to only four years may undermine the state’s ability to hold fossil fuel companies responsible for their practices that extend back well beyond four years, as well as the damages and risks that Californians and everyone else must face for centuries to come. By extending the statute of limitations, California has the opportunity to hold these companies fully accountable for their actions.

It never ceases to amaze how far left-wing Liberal/progressive extremist are willing to go to achieve what they want.