Washington’s attorney general refuses to comply with congressional panel inquiry

fergusonWashington state’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) has a message for U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R): bugger off. At least when it comes to his state and its investigation of ExxonMobil over charges it tried to hide global warming from the public. Smith, who is the chairman of the House Science Committee, recently sent letters to the 17 U.S. Attorneys General (AGs) pursuing ExxonMobil under the RICO statute. Smith has asked for any communications with green groups, the EPA, or each other as it relates to the oil giant’s so-called climate change denial.

Smith asked that any communications regarding the oil giant’s investigation be sent to his committee. Ferguson fired off a letter to Rep. Smith denying his panel’s inquiry into potential communications he may have had with third-party entities about ExxonMobil’s so-called denial of climate change.

Smith believes that certain AGs are working in concert with Al Gore, green activists, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to demonize ExxonMobil on the public stage over claims they knew that carbon dioxide emissions may cause climate change. Smith thinks the AGs’ investigation, being spearheaded by New York’s AG Eric Schneiderman, is akin to a witch hunt designed to squelch free speech rights and impede an individual or group’s right to disagree with the Obama administration. Emails obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show that after government officials met with leading environmental activist groups, they determined that the RICO statute could be used as a weapon against the oil giant.

Participants gathered Jan. 8 at the Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF) headquarters, a left-wing foundation, to discuss using the RICO statute to silence climate change skeptics. According to a copy of the meeting agenda, the RFF, Greenpeace, and other environmental groups discussed ways to “delegitimize [ExxonMobil] as a political actor, force officials to disassociate themselves from Exxon, and drive divestment from Exxon.”

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    Imagine this guy with a bicycle helmet on .
    What are AG’s doing acting as a lobby group for an industry full of companies that have sucked up $$ billions of tax payer grants and then gone bankrupt ?
    No shit they don’t want questions .
    What are the conflict of interest rules for
    AG’s lobbying for an industry while collecting and cashing tax payer payroll cheques ? What other industries are they lobbyist’s for ?
    Have they been offered any remuneration ,taken any gifts or benefits from any industry they may be lobbying for while in the employment of USA taxpayers . All very reasonable questions considering use of government titles to lobby for industry . Can all government employees call a media scrum ,use their job titles to promote a product ,service ,or industry or is that just limited to a few AG’s that are above any such rules ?

    How about the Director’s of Water Works for a few States standing up promoting the bottled water company of their choice ?
    What about the Director of Finance for Washington calling a media scrum that says “Directors of Finance for Gambling .”

    The AG’s jumped the shark . Any of those States represented by lobbyist AG’s have
    made it clear , that by condoning such lobbying government employees can use their titles to promote products ,services ,and industries while being paid by taxpayers .

    When government employees are clear to do that payment for their support can be expected . Who looks after tax payers interests ?

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    The AG is only doing what has become the norm. Laws don’t apply to the climate change left. When you are that superior in every way you can simply make your own rules.

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    Bill Vancouver


    Why don’t you have email listed so I can forward to other interested skeptics?

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