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On the latest front to silence the skeptics of “settled” climate change, attorneys general from at least 17 states (sans Pennsylvania) have announced a “unified campaign” to shut up those companies that challenge the accepted “narrative.”Right there, they're misleading.
This is what's going on:
The New York attorney general has begun an investigation of Exxon Mobil to determine whether the company lied to the public about the risks of climate change or to investors about how such risks might hurt the oil business.The whole thing is really just a continuation of what happened back in November.
According to people with knowledge of the investigation, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a subpoena Wednesday evening to Exxon Mobil, demanding extensive financial records, emails and other documents.
The investigation focuses on whether statements the company made to investors about climate risks as recently as this year were consistent with the company’s own long-running scientific research.
The people said the inquiry would include a period of at least a decade during which Exxon Mobil funded outside groups that sought to undermine climate science, even as its in-house scientists were outlining the potential consequences — and uncertainties — to company executives. [Emphasis added.]
It was reported that:
At a meeting in Exxon Corporation's headquarters, a senior company scientist named James F. Black addressed an audience of powerful oilmen. Speaking without a text as he flipped through detailed slides, Black delivered a sobering message: carbon dioxide from the world's use of fossil fuels would warm the planet and could eventually endanger humanity.That's the fraud they're looking to investigate, my friends. That's a long time for Exxon to know the truth and still be funding the science denial.
"In the first place, there is general scientific agreement that the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels," Black told Exxon's Management Committee, according to a written version he recorded later.
It was July 1977 when Exxon's leaders received this blunt assessment, well before most of the world had heard of the looming climate crisis.
And for those of you keeping score, July, 1977 is about 2 and a half years before Ronald Reagan announced his candidacy for the Presidency - that's a long time ago!
Then there's this from the Trib braintrust:
As the AGs see it, the First Amendment “does not give you the right to commit fraud,” Mr. Schneiderman declared. But what if the government-funded, predisposed “science” of anthropogenic climate change is, in fact, the fraud?If the science is a fraud, then why is the Pentagon going along with it?
Global climate change will aggravate problems such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership and weak political institutions that threaten stability in a number of countries, according to a report the Defense Department sent to Congress yesterday.And:
The report finds that climate change is a security risk, Pentagon officials said, because it degrades living conditions, human security and the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations. Communities and states that already are fragile and have limited resources are significantly more vulnerable to disruption and far less likely to respond effectively and be resilient to new challenges, they added.My question to the braintrust: Given the above, you must think that the Pentagon is part of the fraud, right? So, shouldn't someone be investigating that?