Exxon climate change dissent subpoena sweeps up more than 100 U.S. institutions

exxon mobilThe Virgin Islands attorney general has demanded communications between Exxon Mobil and more than 100 U.S. universities, scientists, academics and think tanks as part of his investigation into climate change dissent.

An unredacted copy of the March 15 Exxon Mobil subpoena, obtained Tuesday by The Washington Times, shows Attorney General Claude E. Walker casting a broad net as part of his probe into whether the company committed fraud by challenging the catastrophic climate change narrative.

Among the institutions targeted are Arizona State University, George Mason University, Lindenwood University, the Weidenbaum Center at Washington University in St. Louis, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University.

Mr. Walker, one of 17 attorneys general who announced last month that they would join forces to pursue climate change fraud, issued a subpoena last month to the free market Competitive Enterprise Institute, but the unredacted Exxon Mobil document shows that CEI wasn’t his only target.

The Exxon Mobil subpoena includes a veritable who’s who of conservative and free market organizations, including The Heritage Foundation, the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, the Heartland Institute, the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, the Manhattan Institute, FreedomWorks and the Media Research Center.

The subpoena also lists pro-business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the National Black Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Oil and Gas Association.

The disclosure came as a surprise to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “This is the first time we’re seeing this list, and we find it very curious,” the organization said in an email response to a request for comment.

“Regardless, the Chamber is not going to let this sideshow impact what it does. We’re focused on issues related to American jobs, economic growth, and the nation’s energy future,” said the statement.

Academics listed on the subpoena include prominent climate change skeptics such as Richard Lindzen, professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of Alabama climate scientist John Christy; and University of Delaware climatology professor David R. Legates.

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See related story on CEI’s efforts with a link to unredacted subpoena.

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    Why didn’t the subpoena go back to the early 1970’s when global cooling was the scientific rage ? Climate changes and we are fortunate to be in a fairly warm period . Anyone that doesn’t think a warming world is better for plants ,trees and animals is a denier . If we help in some way all the better .

    When Mother Nature decides to bring on the next ice age humans little CO2 contribution
    will have no effect . But because it’s Mother Nature no one should have a problem ,especially the population extermination
    cheerleaders that hide behind “climate change ” to invoke their business plans and socialist
    dogma .

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    Get used to it.

    This is the latest tactic of leftist political activists. They churn out absurd law suits and criminal allegations faster that they can be answered. They also have a ready stable of activist judges, AGs, and prosecutors who are willing to go along with the charade. The intent is [u][b]NOT[/b][/u] to win any of these suits, but to [b]punish[/b] those they target with the process itself; endless legal fees, depositions, and media circus attention. This is a blatant and cynical abuse of the legal system.

    [b]The process [u]is[/u] the punishment[/b].

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