RI’s Leadership Role in the Climate Shakedown

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Ocean State Current alumnus Kevin Mooney has an American Spectator article highlighting Rhode Island’s role in the vanguard of the inside-government attack on the fossil fuel industry:

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In 2018, Rhode Island became the first state to file climate change litigation against 21 fossil fuel producers, a move that directly assaults the free speech rights of those who dared to voice a dissenting opinion on climate policy.

Sheldon Whitehouse, the state’s Democratic U.S. senator, joined with Governor Gina Raimondo and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to announce the suit at a press conference last July. Rhode Island’s litigation closely mirrors lawsuits that have been filed by 14 municipalities across the U.S.

Although climate change litigants have repeatedly failed to successfully make their case in court, state attorneys general persist in reloading the same arguments.

That’s just the beginning of the sordid tale of political showmanship and lawyers’ fees that makes up this abuse of power.



  • Monique Chartier

    Love that image. The junior senator from RI is de facto acting like a gangster in this issue – as is the RI Governor and prior AG and any other public official who files such a blatantly unconstitutional lawsuit.

  • BasicCaruso

    Meanwhile… guess who the monied corporations want to foot the bill?

    Climate change threatens a majority of mission-critical military bases, Pentagon report says
    https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2019/01/18/dod-majority-of-mission-critical-bases-face-climate-change-threats/

    More than two-thirds of the military’s operationally critical installations are threatened by climate change, according to a new DoD report…

    “The effects of a changing climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to Department of Defense missions, operational plans, and installations.”

    • Rhett Hardwick

      Military Times is owned by Gannett Co. (now TEGNA), and is just as susceptible to media bias as any other news outlet.

      • BasicCaruso

        Nothing to see here, move along…
        https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/07/global-warming-of-oceans-equivalent-to-an-atomic-bomb-per-second

        Global warming has heated the oceans by the equivalent of one atomic bomb explosion per second for the past 150 years, according to analysis of new research.

        More than 90% of the heat trapped by humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions has been absorbed by the seas, with just a few per cent heating the air, land and ice caps respectively…

        “I try not to make this type of calculation, simply because I find it worrisome,” said Prof Laure Zanna, at the University of Oxford, who led the new research. “We usually try to compare the heating to [human] energy use, to make it less scary.”

        She added: “But obviously, we are putting a lot of excess energy into the climate system and a lot of that ends up in the ocean,. There is no doubt.”

        • Rhett Hardwick

          The mind boggles at trying to comprehend an atomic bomb every second for 150 years. My calculator brings that out to something over 4 billion, 730 million. The reasoning seems fallacious in that it assumes the oceans simply continue to absorb heat, not giving any off to atmosphere. That seems contrary to any physics I know.

          • BasicCaruso

            Water is quite efficient at absorbing heat without much change in temperature. That’s why cooling systems often use water.

            Of course there’s no assumption that heat is not transferred to the atmosphere. Rhode Islanders know the ocean keeps coastal areas cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

          • Rhett Hardwick

            “Water is quite efficient at absorbing heat without much change in temperature. That’s why cooling systems often use water.”

            It is also fairly good at giving off heat, that is why it is used in heating systems, steam cleaning, etc.

    • Mike678

      True–15,000 years ago Nantucket was covered by glaciers. in another 15,000 years it may be covered again. Climates change; no one is “denying” this fact. What we question is the cause…and what can be done once the cause(s) are proven. And nothing is proven as of yet. Plenty of opinion out there, but you know what they say about opinion….

      • Rhett Hardwick

        If I said I was going to go down to the War College, douse it with charcoal igniter and set it ablaze; might the military Times report that a “operationally critical installation” was “threatened”. It would be “true”.

  • Christopher C. Reed

    Meanwhile, Chacagah braces for thirty-below, ’cause…Global Warming!

    • Rhett Hardwick

      Why government loves climate change. From today’s Boston Herald:
      “The Carbon Free Boston Working Group that Mayor Martin J. Walsh set up to combat climate change is pushing a $5 “congestion fee” to cut the number of cars in downtown areas, but City Hall is double-clutching on the hot-button plan.”

      So, to combat climate change we charge a “congestion fee” to drive in the city. So, we get a fee, and hopefully reduce congestion without a penny spent on civic improvement. No wonder they love it.

    • Mike678

      Climate disruption!

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