Expect lawsuits unto the end of timeMay 26 2016
Investigative reporting last fall by the Los Angeles Times and Inside Climate News revealed that Exxon hid research into climate change, all the while funding groups to debunk
global warming. That led to investigations of their own by a growing number of state attorneys general, with New York's Eric Schneiderman leading the charge.
But in a don't mess with Texas backlash, Republican Representative Lamar Smith of that state and chair of the House science committee has started a firefight on behalf of Texas-based Exxon, alleging a conspiratorial collaboration between Schneiderman's office and climate change activist groups, and calling on him to turn over all communications with such groups from 2012 forward.
The ranking Democrat of his own committee has accused him of improper use of the committee in an “ideological crusade” premised on “baseless conspiracy theories.”
Smith's letter to Schneiderman accuses him of acting “under the color of law to persuade attorneys general to use their prosecutorial powers to stifle scientific discourse, intimidate private entities and individuals, and deprive them of their First Amendment rights and freedoms”. It's an odd claim. The allegations against Exxon are of… Read More »