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The Inquisition takes over the California legislature

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A chill wind blows in the Golden State.

Climate change “deniers” could be prosecuted under evil, profoundly un-American legislation that is barreling through the California State Legislature.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) is on board with the proposed law. In March she joined with 17 state attorneys general to go after climate-change skeptics, beginning with ExxonMobil.

As the Washington Times reports:

A landmark California bill gaining steam would make it illegal to engage in climate-change dissent, clearing the way for lawsuits against fossil-fuel companies, think-tanks and others that have “deceived or misled the public on the risks of climate change.”

The first-of-its-kind legislation — Senate Bill 1161, or the California Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act of 2016 — is scheduled for floor action Thursday after clearing Senate committees in April and May.

The measure would allow state and local prosecutors to pursue claims against climate-change skepticism as a violation of the state’s Unfair Competition Law [UCL], as well as extend the four-year statute of limitations for such claims retroactively to Jan. 1, 2021.

“This bill explicitly authorizes district attorneys and the Attorney General to pursue UCL claims alleging that a business or organization has directly or indirectly engaged in unfair competition with respect to scientific evidence regarding the existence, extent, or current or future impacts of anthropogenic induced climate change,” says the state Senate Rules Committee’s floor analysis.

So now that the leftists moaning about global warming have lost the argument they are determined to stamp out opposition.

The measure is a “totalitarian statement by Democrats that the First Amendment is now dead,” said Stephen Frank, editor of California Political Review.