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Global Warming Skeptic Has A Most Elegant Reply to MA AG's Subpoena

“Fu*k you, fascist,” was the response of Alex Epstein, founder of the Center for Industrial Progress and the target of a witch hunt by global warming hysterics, to a subpoena by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. The subpoena is in connection with a probe of ExxonMobile’s global warming research that several state attorneys general claim has shown for decades that global warming was a problem.

The Massachusetts AG wants 40 years of Exxon’s communications with groups like Epstein’s, as well as think tanks and internal company documents, to investigate claims by greens that the oil giant knew that climate change was a problem and deliberately hid their conclusions from shareholders and the public.

But AG Healey has a big problem; Epstein’s think tank received no funding from Exxon. Why they were subpoenaed is a mystery.

A similar subpoena was issued by the attorney general of the Virgin Islands and then withdrawn. The Competitive Enterprise Institute, one of the targets, is suing Walker and his office for filing a frivolous legal document.

Daily Caller:

She’s targeting CIP and other prominent conservative groups, like the Heritage Foundation and Americans for Prosperity (AFP), because of their supposed ties to Exxon. The only problem is, neither CIP nor AFP are funded by Exxon.
Healey isn’t the first AG to target groups that disagree with her on global warming policy. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker subpoenaed Exxon for records regarding dozens of conservative think tanks, policy experts and scientists in March.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was the first state law enforcer to investigate Exxon’s global warming stance, based on reporting by liberal journalists at InsideClimate News and Columbia University that Exxon had been covering up climate science for decades while funding right-wing activist groups.

Alex Epstein had a terse response to a subpoena sent by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Wednesday.

Healey demanded the oil giant ExxonMobil hand over 40 years of documents, including information pertaining to the company’s dealings with about a dozen think tanks and trade associations, which have been targeted by environmental groups for opposing left-wing global warming policies.

Healey’s subpoena targeted the Center for Industrial Progress (CIP), a for-profit think tank founded by Epstein. Epstein wasn’t exactly happy about being targeted for disagreeing with Healey on global warming, so he sent the AG’s office the following response:

Healey subpoenaed Exxon as part of a multi-state effort among liberal prosecutors to investigate the company for allegedly trying to cover up global warming science. Healey alleges the oil giant lied to shareholders and consumers about the risks of global warming in its communications and shareholder filings, according to a copy of the subpoena obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

She’s targeting CIP and other prominent conservative groups, like the Heritage Foundation and Americans for Prosperity (AFP), because of their supposed ties to Exxon. The only problem is, neither CIP nor AFP are funded by Exxon.
Healey isn’t the first AG to target groups that disagree with her on global warming policy. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker subpoenaed Exxon for records regarding dozens of conservative think tanks, policy experts and scientists in March.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was the first state law enforcer to investigate Exxon’s global warming stance, based on reporting by liberal journalists at InsideClimate News and Columbia University that Exxon had been covering up climate science for decades while funding right-wing activist groups.

“Financial damages alone may be insufficient,” Schneiderman said in March. “The First Amendment does not give you the right to commit fraud.”

Schneiderman is implying jail time for holding an opposing political view – real Gulag stuff. Exxon has responded with a legal salvo of its own, but even if stymied, the AG’s will find another way, another tack to go after oil companies, conservative and libertarian think tanks, and prominent individuals who refuse to keep their mouths shut for what they see is a rush to judgement about global warming.