Eco-fascists’ Mockery of Justice

<small>Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein: The smiling faces of mock tyranny.</small>

Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein

I just returned from Paris for the UN’s COP-21 climate conference. There were a lot of nutty things that went on, but this might be the nuttiest, and most disturbing: at the so-called “People’s Climate Summit” in Montreuil, a suburb north of Paris, author Naomi Klein and climate activist Bill McKibben put on an event called “The People vs. ExxonMobil: A Public Trial for the Greatest Climate Crime of the Century.”

Mock trials are often a fun way for public advocacy groups to drill down into a serious issue. For instance, Freedom Fest — a libertarian convention The Heartland Institute has participated in for many years — put the Federal Reserve on trial last July. In 2012, we put Wall Street on the docket. Freedom Fest always asks for (and usually gets) people who are ideologically opposed to the audience to argue for the defense — such as in 2011, when Freedom Fest put public sector unions on trial and convinced Thea Lee, deputy chief of staff the AFL-CIO, to argue for the defense.

If you watch the clips at the links above, you’ll note how much fun everyone is having, and how there are two sides to the trial: the prosecution and the defense. Each gets to call witnesses, and the audience votes on the verdict of “guilty” or “not guilty.” (Some of the votes over the years have been surprising.)

Those basic elements of centuries-old Western law were nowhere to be found in the eco-radicals’ mock trial of ExxonMobil that marked its “fun” at COP-21. There were only prosecutors, Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben, and the slate of witnesses — such as members of Pacific Climate Warriors and ExxonSecrets — were there only to convict. Also, ExxonMobil’s mock fate was in the hands of three judges, including actor Peter Sarsgaard, rather than put to a jury. Even in jest, the totalitarian instincts of the professional left took over: gin-up bogus charges that ExxonMobil “lied” about global warming, and then rig the trial.

I know, I know. What’s the big deal, Jim? Why can’t you let them have their fun? I would … if the professional eco-left was only playing with putting those it labels as “enemies” on trial.

In just the last few months, we’ve seen Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders urge Obama’s Justice Department to open a criminal investigation on ExxonMobil, and some twenty prominent university professors and scientists are demanding that those who question the hypothesis of human-caused global warming be brought up on federal charges. US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and other prominent Democratic politicians in Washington called for the same thing earlier this year. [NB: Some of the most well-funded and prominent leftist organizations in America are behind the new tactic of using the anti-mafia RICO laws against climate “deniers.” Read more at]

And a few days ago, a group of prominent Canadian leftists, led by something called “Ecojustice,” filed a complaint with authorities in Canada to bring criminal charges against The Heartland Institute. as well as our Canadian friends in the climate realism movement at the International Climate Science Coalition, and the Friends of Science.

If the eco-fascists had their way, their show trials would not just be for show anymore.

To read and view of all The Heartland Institute’s contingent did in Paris to bring climate realism to COP-21, visit this link.

[Post Script: Heartland is endlessly and falsely accused by the professional eco-left of being funded by ExxonMobil. The corporation’s modest gifts to Heartland ended in 2006, two years before Heartland started pushing hard for climate realism and “skepticism” of a human-caused global warming crisis. The Koch Brothers don’t fund us, either. More info here.]

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  1. I Walton Member
    I Walton

    Yes they are getting scarier and scarier.   If we don’t win the next election and bring some honesty and perspective to this bunch, they will continue to press their centralizing agenda until they can in fact jail their critics.  Look at the next batch coming out of our elite universities.

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  2. Matthew Roy Inactive
    Matthew Roy

    Have Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein ever filled their cars with gasoline, purchased anything made of plastic, or eaten commercially farmed food? If so, they’re co-conspirators with Exxon. They’ve financed their insidious operations and they have climate blood on their hands. To the mock gallows with them!

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  3. drlorentz Member

    Jim Lakely: some twenty prominent university professors and scientists are demanding that those who question the hypothesis of human-caused global warming be brought up on federal charges.

    The article linked mentions Roger Pielke Jr., who has been intimidated into withdrawing from climate research altogether:

    “I am simply not initiating any new research or papers on the topic and I have ring-fenced my slowly diminishing blogging on the subject,” Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. of the University of Colorado wrote on his blog.

    Pielke is a fair guy who’s no climate extremist on either side of the fence. Yet he was targeted by a member of the US House of Representatives (Democratic minority member, natch) and by the president’s science advisor (Holdren).

    The silver lining is that this is a sign that climatistas are getting desperate. Desperation is a sign of fear. Years ago they felt confident they would win; they were unchallenged. Not so much anymore.

    Keep the faith.

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  4. Jim Lakely Inactive
    Jim Lakely

    Thanks for the encouragement. The happy news is that Paris really amounted to nothing. It does not have the force of law, and our Congress is not going to be approving hundreds of billions into gaping maws of global corruption.

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  5. James Gawron Inactive
    James Gawron


    Maybe you’ve stumbled on a great idea. We should get Delingpole in on this. Let’s have a mock trial of the environmental movement. First we could have a Civil suit. Total damages incurred by the Human Race for the propagation of false environmental theories. Next, we could have a Criminal conspiracy prosecution. Fraudulent Green Energy corporations and their theft of tax payer’s money.

    Calling Dr. Delingpole, calling Dr. Delingpole, ..Dr. Delingpole please pick up the white courtesy phone.



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  6. Jim Lakely Inactive
    Jim Lakely

    Jim Lakely:… and our Congress is not going to be approving hundreds of billions into gaping maws of global corruption.

    And this is why I’m not in the political prediction business.

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  7. Scott Wilmot Member
    Scott Wilmot


    Thanks for the work you do. I am now retired from a 33 year career in worldwide drilling operations with ExxonMobil. I get tired of clueless clowns like Klein and McKibben bashing my former employer. If I have a complaint against my former employer it is that we (and the rest of the oil industry) didn’t do a good job of explaining our industry to the public, especially the cost and effort we put into protecting the environment we live and work in.

    Keep up the good work.

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  8. M. T. S. Inactive
    M. T. S.

    Now that they’ve held a “trial”, does this mean that ExxonMobil cannot be tried again?

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