Two state attorneys general who subpoenaed ExxonMobil on climate change are now refusing to comply with a House committee’s subpoenas on the Democrats’ pursuit of climate dissenters.
House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith said Wednesday the panel would “consider using all tools at its disposal to further its investigation” after New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey refused to cooperate.
“The Committee is disappointed that the New York and Massachusetts Attorneys General and the environmental activist organizations behind the AGs’ efforts have refused to comply with lawfully issued subpoenas,” Mr. Smith said in a statement.
“Their noncompliance only raises additional questions,” he added.
The Democrats’ defiance comes as the latest episode in a legal and legislative tug-of-war triggered by the formation in March of a Democrat-led coalition of 17 attorneys general aimed at investigating fossil fuel companies and their supporters for climate change “fraud.”
Both Mr. Schneiderman and Ms. Healey have issued subpoenas to ExxonMobil as part of their state probes, which critics have denounced as an effort to chill free speech and silence those who challenge the catastrophic climate change narrative.