Lanterns: How the Commie Greenies are Punishing Free Speech


How the Commie Greenies are Punishing Free Speech

Originally published at on April 22, 2016

Since it’s Earth Day, I think that it’s only fitting that we talk about the latest going on with climate change and the fanatical left. Let me start out by saying none of this is “black helicopter” or “tin foil hat” stuff. This is real. This is government activism targeting their political enemies, again. This time, Exxon/Mobil is the target.

This all started about a month ago when Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch if the Department of Justice (DOJ) was going to pursue civil action lawsuits against so called “climate change deniers.” She should have burst into laughter at the suggestion of prosecuting someone for what would clearly fall under free speech. Free speech is, in fact, something that the founders considered an unalienable right that came from our Creator. Unfortunately, that was not the response of Lynch.

Instead, she claimed that the matter had been discussed and had been referred to the FBI for investigation. That’s right folks, they’re spending your hard earned tax dollars investigating and prosecuting free speech that they don’t agree with. Below is the exchange between A.G. Lynch and Sen. Whitehouse.


Why should you care? It’s not like they’re coming after you. It’s not like it will affect you. I challenge you to not only think about the consequences of what could happen here, but to think about the many times in history that people have said the same things on the road to tyranny.

I’m reminded of this famous quote from Martin Niemoller:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Silence is consent. The road to tyranny is paved with many silent people in the face of evil.

On March 29th, 2016, former Vice President Al Gore and NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a coalition of 25 AG’s from across the US who are going to be going after companies that produce high carbon emissions. The AG’s United For Clean Power claim to want a clean energy future, but I ask you, at what cost?

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is the first victim. They are being targeted by AG Claude E. Walker of the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has issued a subpoena ad testificandum to force CEI to hand over their research evolving climate change policy. They are trying to use Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statutes to get away with all of this. The RICO statutes were instituted to prosecute individuals who were linked in organized crime. This means that they are using laws intended to take down the Mafia, in order to go after non-profit organizations who do not produce statistics and research that they agree with. No one is alleging that Exxon or CEI committed any crimes. That’s right, no one is saying they committed a crime, yet they are trying to PROSECUTE them! If this isn’t a direct violation of rights, I don’t know what is, and Obama’s Attorney General and this group of commie Attorneys General are aiding in this tyranny.

CEI responded with the following statement. .  .

 “CEI will vigorously fight to quash this subpoena. It is an affront to our First Amendment rights of free speech and association for Attorney General Walker to bring such intimidating demands against a nonprofit group,” said CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman. “If Walker and his allies succeed, the real victims will be all Americans, whose access to affordable energy will be hit by one costly regulation after another, while scientific and policy debates are wiped out one subpoena at a time.”

Climate change has become more of a religion than a science. Those who question it, are are mocked and called science deniers. Now, the jack booted thugs have brought their government gun of force to silence dissenters. Even presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has suggested prosecuting people who speak out against climate change. It has become a cult. Most of the advocates of “green energy” know little to nothing about climate change. Ted Cruz recently ran into this when questioning to Aaron Mair, the Sierra Club President, during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee meeting. As the son of two scientists, Cruz was able to completely destroy someone who is supposed to be an expert on the issue of anthropogenic (man made) climate change.


This further shows the intentional dumbing down of our society. There was a time when we were taught to question everything. As you could see in the clip above, the President of the Sierra Club doesn’t know or seem to care about the facts. Where would we be if Albert Einstein didn’t question Sir Isaac Newton? My point is, not only is it unconstitutional to silence people who question anthropogenic climate change, it’s counterproductive to science itself. I think this is actually starting to wake up the science community. To date, there are over 31,000 American Scientists who have signed a petition that urges the government to reject climate proposals that limit greenhouse gas emissions in the name of anthropogenic climate change. They signed this, not because they were 31,000 crazy right wingers, but because there is conflating evidence on some of the biggest so called dangers of climate change.

We’ve gone from global warming, to cooling, back to warming, and now they just call it climate change because they’re sick of changing the name every decade when they can no longer skew the data any further to get the desired results. The latest NASA data has basically destroyed their argument on multiple fronts. As Senator Cruz mentioned, the satellite data shows no real change in climate over the past 18 years. Not only that, but the argument about Antarctica melting is now found to be totally bogus too. NASA has found that while the glaciers are melting, the ice gains on land mass on East Antarctica far outweigh the loss of ice from glaciers. There are also some glaciers that are not shrinking, but are growing at faster rates than normal.  Finally, NASA now says that burning fossil fuels actually COOLS the planet! That’s right, while Leonardo DiCaprio is saying we’ve had our hottest year on record and he had to go to the southern most part of the planet to find ice, apparently he doesn’t know where Denver is, it turns out that he’s actually NOT a hypocrite for motoring around in his 450 ft super yacht worth $200 million because he’s actually cooling the environment!

This brings me to my final point. None of this is REALLY about climate change. It’s about control. It’s not about a green movement. It’s about a red movement. Mark Levin breaks this down in great depth in his latest book, Plunder and Deceit. He hones in on the fact that it hasn’t been about the green agenda for quite some time, and that the people who are behind a lot of the fanatical left movement for “green energy” are really degrowthers who want an equal outcome for all. They see the success of the United States and think that we should de-industrialize to the level where all countries are on an equal playing field. This is the same type of thought that has surrounded the Communist left for 100’s of years.

Today, many people don’t see the significance of the climate change debate… Not until it directly affects them, and then it will be too late.  In honor of Earth Day, here is my new poem dedicated to those who choose to remain silent.

First they came for the airlines, and I did not speak out—
Because I do not fly.

Then they came for the gas and oil companies, and I did not speak out—
Because I drove a Prius and rode a bike.

Then they came for the coal plants, and I did not speak out
Because I used geothermal.

Then they came for the cows, and I did not speak out
Because I’m a vegan.

Then they came for the wood stoves, and I did not speak out
Because I burned corn.

Then they came for the climate deniers, and I did not speak out
Because I did not deny climate change.

Then they came for my stove, now I’m cold and hungry—
and there was no one willing to speak for me.

Written by Dallas Wagner

Machinist by day, political junkie by night. As a liberty loving American, I wanna save my country!

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