Thursday, December 08, 2016

Climate Activists Fight Back Against Exxon's Subpoenas

The oil giant, seemingly emboldened by a federal judge's ruling it can poke into a state AG's investigation, wants's records, too.  The group is refusing.

The climate activism group has found itself in the unusual position of being subpoenaed by an oil company being investigated for climate fraud. (Credit: Patrick Valasseris/AFP/Getty Images) Click to Enlarge.
In its continuing offensive to beat back investigations of possible climate fraud, ExxonMobil is now engaged in a fight with several environmental advocacy groups as it demands to see their records.

Exxon, in carrying out discovery in litigation about probes of its record, hit at least seven non-governmental organizations and individuals with subpoenas last month.

The subpoenas demanded documents and communications that could reveal behind-the-scenes involvement the organizations had with state attorneys general investigating or contemplating investigations of Exxon.

Now, several of those targeted by Exxon's subpoenas have come out fighting, flatly refusing to comply and denouncing Exxon's strategy.  Many of them are also resisting subpoenas by an important Exxon ally, Rep. Lamar Smith, the chairman of the House Science Committee.  But Exxon's actions are especially remarkable as an example of a giant corporation going after advocacy organizations for their activities.

Read more at Climate Activists Fight Back Against Exxon's Subpoenas

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