Big Green Tightens Restrictions on Free Speech, Again

Big Green Tightens Restrictions on Free Speech, Again. By Brendan O’Neill.

It’s never a good sign when a government launches a policy and instantly decrees that criticism of that policy is not allowed.

It’s happening in the US right now. This week President Biden signed a bill which, among other things, will pump billions of dollars into the renewable-energy sector. … It’s called the Inflation Reduction Act. It will do many things, including shake up elements of America’s tax system and lower the cost of prescription drugs.

Follow the money:

It is also, in the words of Forbes, ‘the most comprehensive US initiative to mitigate climate change yet’. It promises to plough $369 billion into energy security and climate-change reduction programmes over the next decade. Renewables will get a massive boost … Any expression of ‘doubt’ about it could be bad for ‘public health’.

Gina McCarthyism:

That chilling decree came from Gina McCarthy, the White House’s national climate adviser.

Welcome to the era of Gina McCarthyism

In June, as this bill was wending its way through the Senate, Ms McCarthy gave an interview in which she called for a ‘crack down on climate-change misinformation’, as one headline put it. …

For decades the eco-movement has cynically branded critics of climate-change alarmism ‘deniers’ and insisted they be deprived of the oxygen of publicity. But what is striking about McCarthy’s authoritarian disdain for ‘climate-change misinformation’ is that she says she wants to chase down not only those who supposedly deny ‘the science’, but also those who question government policy.

McCarthy says denialism has moved on. ‘Now it’s not so much denying the problem [of climate change]’, she says; rather, it’s ‘seeding doubt about the costs associated with [green energy] and whether they work or not’.

So we’ve gone from science denialism to… what? Political denialism? Policy denialism? Fossil-fuel companies are using ‘dark money’ to ‘fool’ the public about ‘the benefits of clean energy’, she says….

Apparently, ‘seeding doubt’ about clean energy is ‘equally dangerous to [climate-change] denial’. Asked if such doubts pose a threat to public health, in that they might hamper officialdom’s plans to go green, McCarthy said: ‘Absolutely.’

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.