Most ridiculous ironies of state AG lawsuits against ‘climate deniers’

Most ridiculous ironies of state AG lawsuits against ‘climate deniers’
Eric Schneiderman

[Ed. – The whole thing at Competitive Enterprise Institute is worthwhile reading.  The highlights are priceless.]

Approximately one year ago, on April 7, 2016, CEI received a memorable, hand-delivered envelope from U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker. It wasn’t a note congratulating Kent Lassman on his very new (two days old, to be precise) position as CEI’s president. No, it was a subpoena, issued under the Virgin Islands’ “baby RICO” statute, demanding a full decade’s worth of CEI documents on its energy and climate policy work. …

Walker’s subpoena was part of a campaign that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had launched only a week before at a Manhattan press conference, showcased by Al Gore and attended by about 16 other state AGs or their representatives. The campaign’s stated purpose was to investigate how the fossil fuel industry and global warming skeptics had allegedly deceived the public about the risks of climate change. …

Looking back, there are several highlights, especially for you fans of irony:

  • Soon after getting subpoenaed, we learned that, only months before, Walker had reached an $800 million settlement with Hess Oil for shutting down a refinery in the Virgin Islands. Yet now he was going after us and ExxonMobil not because Exxon had stopped making petroleum products, but because it was continuing to produce them.
  • At a business law conference last spring, Schneiderman attacked the claim that he was violating our free speech rights; we were, in his memorable phrase, “First Amendment opportunists.” By that logic, a homeowner with the police at his door who asks to see a warrant is a Fourth Amendment opportunist. …

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