The Obama administration is going to all sorts of lengths to justify its persecution of Exxon for its publicly expressed skepticism about so-called climate science. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
Exxon Mobile filed court papers in Texas last month seeking to block a subpoena issued in March by the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands which alleges that Exxon is deceiving the public and shareholders about the effects of climate change. Exxon has said that the subpoena is an unwarranted fishing expedition into Exxon’s internal records and violates its constitutional rights; “The chilling effect of this inquiry, which discriminates based on viewpoint to target one side of an ongoing policy debate, strikes at the protected speech at the core of the First Amendment” the court filing said according to the WSJ.
As we reported last year, Exxon found itself on the shocking receiving end of an administration with a clear agenda for payback.
Exxon signed an agreement which deepened ties with Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft just as the Obama administration was trying to isolate Russia and its economy. That payback, which had the added bonuses of cementing Obama’s liberal global warming climate change crackdown (which incidentally benefits none other than carbon credit powerhouse Goldman Sachs the most) came when the New York Attorney General launching a sweeping investigation of Exxon mobile to determine whether the company lied to the public about the risks of climate change, or to investors about how that risk might hurt the oil business.
Given that the U.S. Virgin Islands AG has now joined in, one thing that has become clear is that Exxon is now being targeted by the government for its alleged views on climate change, which implicitly run contrary to Obama’s. Of course, the government applying pressure to those with opposing views is nothing new, with the government finally admitting to its targeting of conservatives through the IRS as a recent example.
In light of the continued push by state AGs to go after Exxon on climate change, five senators have sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch demanding that in two weeks, the Department of Justice “immediately cease its ongoing use of law enforcement resources to stifle private debate on one of the most controversial public issues of our time – climate change.” Or, said otherwise, to end the government witch hunt against political opponents of president Obama’s energy agenda.
To continue reading: Senators Slam Loretta Lynch: End The Climate Change Witch Hunt