A group of state attorneys general are targeting companies and others whom they claim “mislead the public about the dangers of climate change.” With the help of some private plaintiffs’ law firms, state AGs are opening up potential civil/criminal investigations. They are serving subpoenas on third parties such as the Competitive Enterprise Institute seeking all research and communications on climate change. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has also said she is reviewing the issue and academics at institutions from Columbia to the University of Washington have called for prosecutions of those entities that have “knowingly deceived the American people about the risk of climate change.” Other state AGs are objecting to these prosecutions as both ill-advised and violations of the First Amendment.
Is this a misuse of the law? Are First Amendment rights being violated? Is climate change a proven scientific theory? Should scientific dissent be criminalized? Is this a valid public policy debate or is the danger to the environment so dire and immediate that prosecutions are justified?
Join us as the Attorney General of Texas, the lawyer representing the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and Heritage’s expert on climate change discuss these vital issues.
More About the Speakers
The Honorable Ken Paxton
Attorney General, State of Texas
Andrew M. Grossman
Baker Hostetler and Free Speech in Science Project
Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Economics and Climate Change
Hans A. von Spakovsky
Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow