Posted by Curt on 30 July, 2016 at 11:00 am. 24 comments already!


Wash Times:

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.

ExxonMobil, which beat back a previous subpoena issued by the Virgin Islands attorney general, has condemned the effort as a politically motivated fishing expedition.

In his Tuesday letter to Mr. Smith, Mr. Schneiderman argued that the House subpoena would have “the obvious consequence of interfering with the NYOAG’s investigation into whether ExxonMobil made false and misleading statements in violation of New York’s business, consumer, and securities fraud laws.”

“The Subpoena brings us one step closer to a protracted, unnecessary legal confrontation, which will only distract and detract from the work of our respective offices,” Mr. Schneiderman said in his 10-page letter.

He said his office “remains willing to explore whether the Committee has any legitimate legislative purpose in the requested materials that could be accommodated without impeding those sovereign interests.”

Committee Republicans issued the subpoenas July 13 only after three previous attempts to gain information about the coordinated campaign by the attorneys general, called AGs United for Clean Power, were met with resistance.

Ms. Healey’s office condemned the committee’s subpoena as an “unconstitutional and unwarranted interference with a legitimate ongoing state investigation.”

But Republicans on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee argued that the state investigations, led by 16 Democrats and one independent, raise concerns about whether they are intended to “deprive companies, nonprofit organizations, scientists and scholars of their First Amendment rights.”

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