When Government Secretly Coordinate, That’s a Conspiracy

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There’s a certain irony, here.  Rhode Island’s far-left Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is leading the charge to criminalize research and expression of views that don’t fit his extreme ideological and political view and a gang of thuggish attorney generals have been coordinating legal attacks on fossil-fuel companies and conservative think tanks on the claim that they’re engaged in an anti-environmentalist conspiracy, and yet the attorneys general are hiding their coordination from the public.

A press release from the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity (for which I work) notes its participation in an effort to ensure a little bit of transparency into this actual conspiracy:

The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity (Center) announced that it assisted a national nonprofit organization in a lawsuit, filed today, demanding that the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General (OAG) release documents they have refused to make public. The legal complaint calls for the release of documents related to AG’s United for Clean Power, a group comprised of politically-motivated AGs from about a dozen states, including Rhode Island, who have secretly teamed up with anti-fossil fuel activists to investigate dozens of organizations that have exercised their free speech by challenging the global warming policy agenda. …

In a series of April emails obtained by E & E Legal, the RI OAG consented to sign-on to an “agreement” among the larger AG cabal that is colluding to investigate if RICO statutes may have been violated. However, the Rhode Island AG now refuses to make public the group’s ‘Secrecy Pact’ documents related to that taxpayer funded activity.

That is, the attorney general will not release the terms of his office’s agreement or even the text of the documents pledging to keep that agreement hidden.



  • Mike678

    I understand most of the AG’s have withdrawn their attacks as the companies and others pushed back with counter-suits. Discovery works both ways.

    http://marcellusdrilling.com/2016/07/exxon-beats-back-free-speech-attack-by-liberal-ags-in-climate-fight/

  • Russ

    What’s funny is Justin feels the need to mention that he works for the RICFP but doesn’t feel it necessary to mention whether the RICFP is funded by the very organizations that may find themselves under investigation.

    Should have titled this one, “Secretive Group Demands Transparency (of others)”.

    http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/global-warming/climate-deniers/koch-industries/
    Billionaire oilman David Koch used to joke that Koch Industries was “the biggest company you’ve never heard of.” Now the shroud of secrecy has thankfully been lifted, revealing the $88.8 million that he and his brother Charles have quietly funneled to climate-denial front groups that are working to delay policies and regulations aimed at stopping global warming, most of which are part of the State Policy Network.

    • Max

      What organizations Russ? Don’t be so coy.

      • Russ

        Good question, but these relationships are anything but transparent. All of this sounds vaguely familiar though…
        http://drexel.edu/now/archive/2013/December/Climate-Change/
        “The climate change countermovement is a well-funded and organized effort to undermine public faith in climate science and block action by the U.S. government to regulate emissions. This countermovement involves a large number of organizations, including conservative think tanks, advocacy groups, trade associations and conservative foundations, with strong links to sympathetic media outlets and conservative politicians.”

        At a minimum, it’s hilarious to see Justin pretend to disclose his conflict of interest without ever mentioning his ties to groups that are at risk for criminal prosecution.
        http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Rhode_Island_Center_for_Freedom_and_Prosperity

        • Max

          So what you’re saying is your entire diatribe is just another true to form obfuscation of an open records violation by our corrupt AG. I’m sure he appreciates your support.

          • Russ

            I’ll admit it’s hard to understand the RICFP’s position. They’re saying RI open records laws allow groups under investigation for possible criminal activities to access those same investigations? So are state police investigations similarly open or just those initiated by the AG’s office?

            fwiw, I really don’t like Kilmartin. Never supported him. Never voted for him.

        • Rhett Hardwick

          Russ when condemning “deniers” it is well to remember that man’s contribution to global warming remains a “theory”, it has not been conclusively proven. The “Theory of Gravity” has become the “Law of Gravity” by incontestable proof. Einstein’s “Theory of Relativity” remains a theory because it has not been conclusively proven. Although it works in most practical applications, it is beginning to erode around the edges. So,m it has remained a “theory” for just about 100 years.

          • Russ

            Um, gravitational force is a theory, as are all explanations of physical phenomena. Of course, Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity actually changed our understanding of gravity!
            http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr162/lect/cosmology/gravity.html

            Here’s Stephen Hawking from “A Brief History of Time” explaining why that is and what makes a good theory.

            ***

            Any physical theory is always provisional, in the sense that it is only a hypothesis: you can never prove it. No matter how many times the results of experiments agree with some theory, you can never be sure that the next time the result will not contradict the theory… a good theory is characterized by the fact that it makes a number of predictions that could in principle be disproved or falsified by observation. Each time new experiments are observed to agree with the predictions the theory survives, and our confidence in it is increased; but if ever a new observation is found to disagree, we have to abandon or modify the theory.

            ***

          • Max

            I think he just agreed with you Rhett.

          • Russ

            Just don’t jump off the roof because you now know that Newtonian gravitation is a theory. The scientific consensus is you’re going to get killed. That said, I agree. You could float up.

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