ExxonMobil probed on climate science

ExxonMobil is being investigated by New York state on whether it lied to the public about the risks of climate change, a spokesm
ExxonMobil is being investigated by New York state on whether it lied to the public about the risks of climate change, a spokesman for New York's top prosecutor said

ExxonMobil is being investigated by New York state on whether it lied to the public about the risks of climate change, a spokesman for New York's top prosecutor said Thursday.

The oil giant was issued a subpoena by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, said a Schneiderman spokesman, confirming a report in the New York Times.

The Times described a "sweeping" investigation that looked at ExxonMobil's role in undermining public understanding of and whether the biggest US oil company also mischaracterized the potential danger to the oil business from .

The probe comes on the heels of investigative stories by the website Inside Climate News and the Los Angeles Times that recounted how scientists at the oil giant as early as the 1970s recognized climate change as a potentially grave problem caused by fossil fuel use.

Even so, the stories showed, ExxonMobil in the 1990s and early 2000s campaigned against that idea and fought the Kyoto Accord and other major policy efforts to regulate carbon emissions. It also funded lobby groups that questioned the link between fossil fuel emissions and climate change.

Some ExxonMobil critics have likened the oil giant's conduct to that of tobacco companies that suppressed evidence linking tobacco use to cancer.

ExxonMobil confirmed receiving the subpoena and said it is "assessing our response." It said it has included information about the business risk of climate change for many years in securities filings and other documents.

"We unequivocally reject allegations that ExxonMobil suppressed climate change research contained in media reports that are inaccurate distortions of ExxonMobil's nearly 40-year history of climate research that was conducted publicly in conjunction with the Department of Energy, academics and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change," the company said in an emailed statement.


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Nov 05, 2015
"scientists at the oil giant as early as the 1970s recognized climate change as a potentially grave problem caused by fossil fuel use..."

"Potentially" is the key word here. To date, no one has been able to reasonably quantify how much fossil fuel use has increased warming. Only the truly myopic, strident climate alarmist would pursue such a reprehensible "investigation" on virtually no evidence and compare the behavior of ExxonMobil to tobacco companies.

The negative effects of smoking on health are well-known, indisputable, and certainly not balanced by any moderate salutary effects. Any "potential" negative effects of fossil fuel consumption are overwhelmed by their remarkable improvements to quality of life. Imagine living in the early 1800's before fossil fuels produced heat, light, power, electricity, and rapid transportation that led to the innovations that we take for granted in the 21st century. All this fuss over 1 C of warming that is likely mostly natural.

Nov 05, 2015
This is the first salvo from the Warmists and their Marxist political comrades in the judicial realm to destroy all energy companies that produce or use fossil fuels. The model is the tobacco industry that netted hundreds of billions of dollars for deficit-generating governments that can't keep the taxpayers' purse zipped.

The Collectivists come at those who don't voluntarily give up their treasure and freedoms from every angle, using every vile, vicious and dishonest trick conjured up in the Satanic minds of Saul Alinsky, Antonio Gramsci and other Marxists. Even if they don't win, the process itself is usually enough to destroy the target.

Leftism is a pathological mental disease.

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