A majority of voters oppose the government investigating companies and individuals that hold skeptical positions on man-made global warming.
A Rasmussen report published Tuesday found that 69 percent of U.S. voters oppose such measures. Fifteen percent call investigations against so-called “deniers” a worthwhile use of time. A small portion — 16 percent — is undecided.
The poll of likely voters comes on the heels of a months-long inquisition into ExxonMobil’s internal memos on climate change. There are also investigations targeting nonprofit groups that supposedly make up a “web of denial,” or global warming skeptics laying triage for the oil producer.
New York Attorney General (AG) Eric Schneiderman instituted the first investigation into Exxon’s internal memos. The New York AG’s investigation was “demanding extensive financial records, emails and other documents” from the oil producer dating all the way back to the 1970s. The AG also demanded information on global warming skeptic groups Exxon had once helped fund.
U.S. Virgin Islands AG Claude Walker subpoenaed free market group Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) April 7 for supporting Exxon’s position. Walker withdrew his subpoena against CEI as well. The subpoena demanded a decade’s worth of the group’s work on global warming and energy.