Why Exxon is not the Problem
June 29, 2016
NCPA's Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jacki Pick writes in the Washington Times:
For more than 200 years, the American birthright has provided protection against the threat that one\'s head might hang on London Bridge -- or the Key Bridge, if you prefer -- for disagreeing with the government. Our highest court holds there can be no mandated, state-sanctioned opinions enforced in America under the U.S. Constitution. Now, a handful of politically motivated prosecutors are working to strip us of this birthright security.
Beware the attorneys general of several states and territories who have launched a RICO (racketeering)-styled legal inquest to fine -- and potentially even jail -- Exxon-funded scientists and thought leaders whose work casts doubt on the prosecutors' state-sanctioned, politically correct views on climate change.
The planning of the inquest goes back to the year President Obama won re-election, and the first casualty of this war on free speech was Peabody Energy, the world's largest private coal company. In 2015, the company agreed to a settlement that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman correctly deemed "an unprecedented first step" in targeting energy companies for what they say -- or do not say -- about climate science, on the basis that failure to lead a PR campaign against one's own fossil fuel product (and therefore, stock value) is somehow criminal.
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