Monday, May 23, 2016

CEI runs ad against 'abuse of power' subpoena

‘Abuse of Power’: CEI Ad Slams Democratic AG’s in Exxon Investigation - Sam Dorman, MRCNewsBusters:

May 20, 2016 - "After activist attorneys general targeted a major oil company and conservative groups for their climate change views, one of the groups hit back hard, publicly accusing the AG’s of abusing their legal authority.

"The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) took out an ad in The New York Times on May 18, 2016, and slammed the liberal attorneys general for 'unlawful' intimidation. The ad, which charged the AG’s with an “ABUSE OF POWER,” also accused them of trying to suppress dissent on climate change.

"New York AG Eric Schneiderman announced an investigation into ExxonMobil in November 2015.... Since that time, one AG has specifically targeted conservative organizations including CEI which have challenged the so-called 'consensus' that climate change is predominantly man-made and will be catastrophic.

"'Around the country, a group of state attorneys general have launched a misguided effort to silence the views and voices of those who disagree with them,' the ad read. The ad was signed by people from many other conservative groups, legal organizations and academics.

"It also stated that the AG’s 'intimidation campaign sets a dangerous precedent and threatens the rights of anyone who disagrees with the government’s position.' At least one congressional committee is concerned by the AG’s efforts.

"The Hill reported on May 19, that members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee sent a letter to Schneiderman requesting information related to his Exxon investigation expressing concern 'these efforts to silence speech are based on political theater rather than legal or scientific arguments ...'

"The liberal media, have barely mentioned the investigation’s troubling implications for free speech....  A few rare exceptions included a Washington Post column by Robert Samuelson and a New York Post editorial which said 'the anti-Exxon campaign is starting to look like a conspiracy in its own right — pursuing a purely political vendetta in a blatant abuse of office.'"

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