The Climate Inquisition: Attorney Generals Go Rogue

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No matter what voters say in the upcoming US election, a coalition of Attorney Generals intends to push for ‘even more aggressive’ climate action.

the March 29th press conference

Eric Schneiderman, New York state’s Attorney General, is a climate inquisitor. Last November, he subpoenaed Exxon Mobil. He says he’s trying to determine whether the oil giant misled shareholders and the public about climate change. The overarching allegation, advanced by green activists for years, is that Exxon supposedly possessed and suppressed secret knowledge connected to carbon dioxide emissions, thereby committing crimes against humanity. (See this overwrought Bill McKibben piece, the headline of which proclaims: ‘No corporation has ever done anything this big or bad’.)

As a November editorial at BloombergView.com observed, it’s unclear what Schneiderman “hopes to discover in the stack of climate-change documents he’s ordered Exxon Mobil to produce,” since his rationale is “pretty thin.”…

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