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Texas AG Says Exxon Climate-Change Probe Is ‘Un-American’ – Law360

Texas’ and Alabama’s attorneys general on Monday asked a Texas state court to let them intervene on behalf of ExxonMobil Corp. in a suit attempting to block an investigation by the U.S. Virgin Islands into Exxon’s statements on climate change.

Texas and Alabama said they are intervening to protect Exxon’s First Amendment rights, saying the corporation has a right to be free from “viewpoint” discrimination. They also criticized the Virgin Islands attorney general for using an outside law firm

Source: Texas AG Says Exxon Climate-Change Probe Is ‘Un-American’ – Law360

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From April 2016

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) has launched a fierce counter-attack against Claude Walker, the attorney general for the Virgin Islands, who recently served a subpoena on CEI demanding documents related to CEI’s research on global “climate change.”

On April 20, CEI’s attorney, Andrew Grossman, filed a long and extensive objection to the subpoena and made it clear that CEI will not comply with it. Grossman, a lawyer at BakerHostetler and co-founder of the Free Speech in Science Project, told Walker in his cover letter that the attorney general’s legal action targeting CEI is “a blatant attempt to intimidate and harass an organization for advancing views that you oppose.”

The only reason to try to force CEI to turn over its internal research and documents on this issue is “to punish [CEI] for its public policy views, chill its associations, and silence its advocacy.”  Source:

And another –

Republican attorneys general of Texas and Alabama have intervened in a lawsuit filed by ExxonMobil against a subpoena from Virgin Islands AG Claude Walker. The subpoena calls for several decades worth of documents to see if the oil giant was allegedly misleading the public about global warming.

“This case is about abusing the power of the subpoena to force Exxon to turn over many decades’ worth of records, so an attorney general with an agenda can pore over them in hopes of finding something incriminating,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement.   Read more:

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