Democratic attorneys general to police climate change dissent

al gore democrat agsA coalition of Democratic attorneys general in 16 states announced Tuesday an unprecedented campaign to pursue companies that challenge the catastrophic climate change narrative, raising concerns over free speech and the use of state authority to punish political foes.

Standing beside former Vice President Al Gore, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the state officials are committed to “working together on key climate-related initiatives,” including queries into whether fossil fuel companies like ExxonMobil have committed fraud by deceiving the public and shareholders about the impact of man-made carbon dioxide emissions.

Two states — California and New York — already have launched probes into ExxonMobil, while attorneys general from Massachusetts and the Virgin Islands indicated Tuesday that they would follow suit. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker, an independent, is the only non-Democrat involved in the campaign, called AGs United for Clean Power.

“The bottom line is simple: Climate change is real; it is a threat to all the people we represent,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “If there are companies, whether they’re utilities, whether they’re fossil fuel companies, committing fraud in an effort to maximize their short-term profits at the expense of the people we represent, we want to find out about it. We want to expose it and want to pursue them to the fullest extent of the law.”

Mr. Schneiderman also announced that 20 attorneys general representing 18 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands filed a brief Tuesday in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan rule, which has been challenged by attorneys general in 25 mostly red states.

The campaign was spurred by articles last year alleging Exxon hid research conducted by its own scientists linking fossil fuel emissions and global warming. Exxon officials have denied the claims and countered that the investigation was conducted by journalism entities that receive funding from foundations known for their climate change activism.

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    GR82DRV

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    The Supreme Court is one good man down and teetering on the brink of socialist insanity.

    The Democrats and other eco-leftists know this and are now resuscitating their bid to bulldoze the Constitution’s First Amendment to achieve what they could not in a just America.

    [b]Intellectual diversity and free speech are outlawed[/b] in the leftist’s brave new world.

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    Edmonton Al

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    Of course, they will NOT insist on the first step.That first step is to provide proof that a trace gas, CO2, is causing global warming, hence climate change.
    For Al Gore and his ilk, Integrity is the worst nightmare. They will go to any length to stamp it out.

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    Amber

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    This great news because it will finally flush out one of the biggest scams in history .
    Al Gore gross exaggerations and proclamations can finally be put under a microscope and the AG who jump on the oh so scary global warming carney show are welcome to pile on as the global warming ship dips below those scary rising seas .
    We are very fortunate to be coming out of an ice age and if humans help ever so slightly then we should celebrate global warming days .
    Climate changes ,humans have some minuscule (so would say unmeasurable ),
    effect but natural variables run the show .

    I guess Al and his pals will be going after China
    or are they leaving their big girl pants at home ?

    The public know it’s a overblown scam ,falling
    to the bottom of issues of concern .This last desperate attempt to get attention put on a massive exaggeration and money grab is the sound of a hissing ship slipping under those scary rising seas . Funny to why China keeps building new islands in the South China Sea . Didn’t they get the memo or watch
    any frightening “the earth has a fever”
    movies ?

    Yes let’s see Hillary keep her pledge to shut fossil fuels down . Go to the Presidential race and tell millions of workers and their companies that as President she is going to shut them down . Good luck . She just outdid
    the Trump Mexico wall promise .

    How did the little clique of politicians get to the press conference ? Not a drop of fossil fuel used ? Hypocrites abound .

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    Cary

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    this scares the hell out of me.

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    Amber

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    With Al Gore driving this train it absolutely could not be better . Bring on the court case .
    So when a doughnut shop sells artery clogging sweets are the owners” committing fraud in an effort to maximize short term profits ” knowing they are shortening the lives of many of the buyers of their products ?
    How about those potato chip manufactures with their salt killing ingredients? All for those dirty short term profits . Shame Shame .

    What about these AG’s driving their BMW ‘s and the fleet of gas guzzlers they have for their families ? Doing that with the full knowledge they are causing the earth to have a fever all for the short term gain of bankrolling their wealthy families . Shame shame .

    My oh my where do we draw the line for hypocrisy ?

    Maybe all the gas stations and refiners in the USA need to shut down and have a think about those greedy profits . You know for a few weeks and see if any of these AG’s have their jobs left and their complete failure in law figured out .
    Oh ,and a small detail , the entire USA economy would come unglued ,screeching to an immediate halt .

    If you don’t like Exxon, Shell or who ever then stop buying their products . Last I heard the sale of gasoline ,home heating oil , coal , kerosene and natural gas for example were all legal .
    Maybe every natural gas furnace should have a big bright orange sticker that says … “By choosing to not freeze to death you and your dumb ass family are causing the earth to have a fever and the natural gas company enough money to pay it’s employees and earn a regulated return on equity . For shame !

    Yeah bring the court case on . Can’t wait .

    This is public charade has really nothing to do with greedy utilities or fossil fuel companies it is designed to soften the public up for a massive tax grab probably in concert with the same “greedy ” companies who are already governments biggest tax collectors .

    There can be no other explanation for something so incredibly stupid and a clear violation of numerous rights .

    You knew it was only a matter of time before the real motive of the scary global warming scam showed itself (MONEY ) and surprise surprise who is leading the heist ?

    All part of a well prepared roll out put the people are no longer fooled .

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    Mjw

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    Simple way to defuse this situation, stop selling fossil fuels in the 16 states. No fossil fuel, no CO2.

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    GR82DRV

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    [quote name=”Mjw”]Simple way to defuse this situation, stop selling fossil fuels in the 16 states. No fossil fuel, no CO2.[/quote]
    To be consistent those states must also outlaw exhaling. No more breathing…

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