Facing a fraud probe over whether ExxonMobil misled the public on climate change, Republican attorneys general from 13 states want to give their Democratic counterparts a taste of their own medicine, saying, “If minimization is fraud, exaggeration is fraud.”
The Republican attorneys general openly protested the work of a coalition of Democratic attorneys general that is investigating whether ExxonMobil misled the public about the risks of climate change.
“We think this effort by our colleagues to police the global warming debate through the power of the subpoena is a grave mistake,” wrote Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange in a letter cosigned by 12 other attorneys general.
“We all understand the need for a healthy environment… but we agree… this is not a question for the courts. Using law enforcement to resolve a public policy debate undermines the trust invested in our offices and threatens free speech,” the letter continued.