On the latest front to silence the skeptics of “settled” climate change, attorneys general from at least 17 states (sans Pennsylvania) have announced a “unified campaign” to shut up those companies that challenge the accepted “narrative.”

AGs United for Clean Power, primarily Democrats, will investigate whether certain companies are advancing climate “fraud” to maximize profits, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. California and New York already have opened investigations into whether ExxonMobil deceived the public about man-made emissions. ExxonMobil called the allegation “preposterous.”

And how curious, too, that the AGs’ campaign follows the lawsuit filed by 25 states against the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. And it comes on the heels of testimony by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who told senators that the Department of Justice is exploring whether to pursue civil action against climate change deniers.

As the AGs see it, the First Amendment “does not give you the right to commit fraud,” Mr. Schneiderman declared. But what if the government-funded, predisposed “science” of anthropogenic climate change is, in fact, the fraud?

We direct the attorneys general to the words of the United Nations’ former climate honcho Ottmar Edenhofer: “We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy. … One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy.”

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