Climate change-doubting group slams AGs for ‘un-American’ investigation

sam_kazman_ceiA group targeted by Democratic attorneys general in a climate change investigation hit back at subpoenas they call “unlawful and un-American” in a new video posted Tuesday.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute fought off a subpoena from U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker earlier this year. Walker’s subpoena was sent to the group to try and get information about ExxonMobil’s donations to the climate change-doubting think tank from 1997 to 2007.

Walker believed he was trying to investigate what ExxonMobil knew about how fossil fuels impact climate change and when, but CEI leaders say it was a battle over freedom of speech.

“No American should fear being singled out and harassed by a government official who takes a different point of view on public policy questions,” says Kent Lassman, president of the group in the video.

CEI and its lawyers put enough pressure on Walker to cause him to rescind his subpoena and they’re now seeking formal punishment for Walker.

Walker’s actions were a part of a larger plan led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey have both subpoenaed ExxonMobil to find out if the company defrauded its shareholders by lying about climate change. Attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Washington, Illinois, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia and Vermont as well as the District of Columbia have all promised to join in the effort in some way.

Many critics say the attorneys general are using the powers of their office to attack the right to free speech of climate deniers.

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    What a strategically dumb mistake to try and deflect attention from the Exxon branding .
    It would have been just a little to obvious to pretend to be going after one public company in the energy business so some genius decided to fling crap at people they thought wouldn’t fight back . WRONG .
    The AG lobby clique did however expose themselves for what they are .
    Boot strap witch hunters who use their offices and titles to promote an industry
    along with the biggest global warming salesman of all time .
    If Exxon caves or plays ball there will be a lot more serious questions raised because the deflection strategy is just far too obvious .

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