Eco-Activists Met ‘Behind Closed Doors’ To Push RICO Investigation Into Exxon

Bill MckibbenBill McKibbenEnvironmental activists met behind closed doors in January to coordinate on how best to get government prosecutors to go after ExxonMobil for allegedly misleading the public about global warming, according to documents obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

“A key meeting in the new push unfolded in January behind the closed doors of a Manhattan office building,” the WSJ reported Wednesday. “The session brought together about a dozen people, including Kenny Bruno, a veteran of environmental campaigns, and Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, two activists who helped lead the successful fight to block the Keystone XL pipeline.”

Environmentalists want “to establish in public’s mind that Exxon is a corrupt institution that has pushed humanity (and all creation) toward climate chaos and grave harm,” according to a meeting agenda obtained by WSJ. The whole point of this closed door meeting was to come up with ways to convince the Justice Department to follow the lead of state attorneys general and investigate Exxon. Activists want the DOJ to go after Exxon using the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO — an anti-mafia law.

“Their hope is to encourage state attorneys general and the U.S. Justice Department to launch investigations and lawsuits that ultimately will change Exxon’s behavior, force it to pay big damages and drive public attention to climate change,” WSJ reported.

Since November, three other attorneys general have launched investigations into Exxon. The AG of the U.S. Virgin Islands launched the first volley in the anti-Exxon probe by sending a subpoena to the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a libertarian think tank. The AGs are basing their investigations on reports from InsideClimate News and Columbia University claiming Exxon knew about the dangers of global warming for decades while funding groups skeptical of warming.

But both InsideClimate News and the Columbia reporters are funded by the Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF) — the very same group hosting the January meeting to push federal prosecution of Exxon.

“It’s about helping the larger public understand the urgencies of finding climate solutions,” Lee Wasserman, RFF’s director, told WSJ. “It’s not really about Exxon.”

InsideClimate and Columbia’s Energy and Environmental Reporting Project, however, are financed by left-wing foundations looking to ban fossil fuels. Aside from RFF, the foundation most aggressively campaigning to end fossil fuel use is the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) — the heirs of Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller. Exxon is one of the many companies eventually spun off from Standard Oil. RBF funds InsideClimate News and Columbia University’s Energy and Environmental Reporting Project, which put out the anti-Exxon articles.

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    Amber

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    Trash talking EXXON and not even having the courtesy to invite them ? Any minutes recorded ?

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    Gerry

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    Is it global warming or is it climate change??? They cannot have it both ways.

    If it’s climate warming then they are attempting to investigate someone for having an opposing opinion. That should be denied.

    If it’s climate change then we are all agreed….climate changes.

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    ninetyninepct

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    All oil, coal and electric companies should join together to support these whackos. Enter ALL their personal and family information into data bases and cut them off. Set them up as examples of what they want the future to be. No Visa charges, no gasoline for their vehicles, no tires, no electricity in their homes, no flying on airlines or gore’s planes, no phones or computers (plastic). All coal power generation should shut down for three days for “preventative maintenance”. Blackout across America. Make damn sure the WH is included. They also have to stay off the roads because asphalt comes from oil.

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    Amber

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    “change Exxon’s behaviour ” ? What exactly does that mean ? Exxon is selling an excellent product that all the activists and their families use in their day to day lives . I hope Exxon
    launches a $$billion dollar law suit against the clowns who are out to discredit Exxon and it’s employees good name .
    Climate changes,it’s currently in a warming trend that is extremely beneficial to plants and animals and humans in everything we do like reproduce. increases that fraction of one percent in the atmosphere . Get over it .
    You could shut down all fossil fuel use in the entire USA and there would be an almost indiscernible change in the direction of the earth’s temperature . If it happened to go up a 10 th of a degree well sorry it’s not more
    to all those plants and animals .

    The activists need to find a new big scary to fund raise with and blow their donors money on something real .

    Maybe it’s time the oh so green “nonprofits ” got a little closer look . Salaries ,benefits ,taxes travel , contracts ,grants ,foreign and domestic funding ,car allowances . Are they registered lobbyists taking grant money ?

    When did they know global warming was better for plants and animals but kept telling people the opposite ? Everyone knows climate changes .Humans must have some influence no matter how minuscule . Isn’t that always been the case ?
    Do they actually think tweaking the small share of CO2 that is from human activity is going to set the climate to a few peoples liking ? Have they been trying to sell that as real ?
    Yes go to court by all means . Then we can see their records and get the “scientists “and other promoters on the stand .

    Getting some AG’s to shield their efforts won’t be enough . A continued warming trend is extremely positive and if humans have some minuscule role in helping that is just fine .
    If you believe global cooling is better then prove it . And if you think humans are going to
    control the earth’s temperature then prove it .
    One of the biggest losses with the scary global warming propaganda was the black star distraction effect from urgent environmental issues .

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