Guest opinion by Leo Goldstein
I filed a new set of responses to various motions to dismiss in the RICO lawsuit Goldstein v. Climate Action Network et al. I also verified the original Complaint, filed on September 12.
Some of the facts are well known, such as the quote from Prince Philip, the husband of Her Majesty Queen of England, when he was WWF President:
“I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus …”
The copy of the book page with this quote is filed as Exhibit A1.
The most substance and the least legalese are in the Brief in Support of Response to Motions by WWF, Climate Action Network etc. (pdf), and Exhibits, shedding light on WWF, Ceres, and CAN, filed together with the Brief and Declarations (zip).
The Brief sheds additional light on Ceres, Inc., and the “coalition” between climate alarmist groups and pension funds / state treasuries that it runs. Ceres shamelessly attempts to divert $44 Trillion from the public funds and even private investments of ordinary people into what it calls “clean energy,” which looks very much like pockets of the climate alarmists and their supporters. And their supporters range in size and greed from former unemployed cartoonists to hedge fund billionaires. Ceres’ website also says that a Trillion dollars is not a big number!
Working on the Brief, I understood how a think tank named Africa Fighting Malaria had gotten on the subpoena that U.S. Virginia Island’s Claude Walker recently served Exxon:
“In 2004, Richard Tren of Africa Fighting Malaria and Roger Bate of the American Enterprise Institute wrote: ‘One of the most vociferous campaigners against the use of DDT has been the World Wildlife Fund’ (Ex. B1, page 6).”
Walker’s subpoena, filed as Exhibit J, deserves more public attention than it has received so far. Mr. Walker requested from Exxon not only all information it might have about dozens political associations, disliked by the Democratic Party, but also about prominent climate realists (named individuals), and about ALL “climate skeptics”. The demanded information included “gestures” (no kidding!) and video recordings, apparently including security video recordings on individual ExxonMobil gas stations.
WUWT has recently covered 2012 Climate Accountability “Workshop”, which had come up with the shake down – shut down strategy against the energy industries, apparently serving a blueprint for “AGs United for Clean Power”. The self-report from that ‘workshop’ has been filed as Exhibit C, and addressed in the Brief:
“A quote from the self-report of that workshop shows its dominant paradigm:
’A tobacco fight is now the climate fight.’ (Ex. C, page 9)
Tobacco is an addictive and extremely harmful substance, and the elimination of smoking was a noble goal. Attempts to shut down tobacco manufacturers were considered by some groups as legitimate ways to achieve that goal. Unlike tobacco, fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) are necessities of our society, and are not harmful at all. Fossil fuels provide nearly 100% of our transportation needs, more than 70% of the electrical power, and many essential agricultural fertilizers. Shutting down the fossil fuel industries would mean death of tens of millions of men, women, and children. The Moving Defendants are attempting to shut down the national fossil fuels industries to satisfy their greed, lust for power, and to please their foreign masters, such as WWF-International and certain UN politicians.
Another quote from the self-report:
‘[T]his participant [an unnamed lawyer] also emphasized the advantage of asking courts to do things they are already comfortable doing, noting that ‘Even if your ultimate goal might be to shut down a company, you still might be wise to start out by asking for compensation for injured parties’’ (Exhibit C, page 13).
The participants in the ‘workshop’ also planned to file SLAPP suits against those who disagreed with them:
‘Pennsylvania State University’s Michael Mann, for instance, has worked with a lawyer to threaten libel lawsuits for some of the things written about him in the media, and has already won one such case in Canada’ (Exhibit C, page 13).”
On another topic, I enabled the public access to a customized Axis Search (Climate Alarmism – Global Governance – Leftist Radicalism) on my site. This focused search engine includes about two dozen sites showing connections between allegedly independent political actors. These sites have been extremely helpful in preparing the original Complaint and other filings in the pending lawsuit. The strong organizational overlap (not only connections) between all three structures, supporting the Axis label, came to my attention only recently.