Saturday, June 18, 2016

Climate denial: Attorney General Leslie Rutledge joins in defense of Exxon

Posted By on Sat, Jun 18, 2016 at 6:40 AM

click to enlarge EXXON'S DEFENDER: Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
  • EXXON'S DEFENDER: Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
Thirteen Republican attorneys general, including Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, are defending Exxon and big oil against their role in a disinformation campaign about climate change.

The Republicans have signed a letter aimed at Democratic officials investigating reports that Big Oil knew about the potential impact of burning of fossil fuels on the environment for decades, yet worked to spread contrary and misleading arguments.

Rutledge and the others have adopted Exxon's argument that efforts to obtain their documents on the issue amounts to an offense to the First Amendment. Those investigating have responded that the First Amendment doesn't give the right to conceal fraud.

The Republicans have signed a letter that says if the group pursuing Exxon is to continue, it should also investigate clean energy companies. Those fighting for cleaner air responded:

May Boeve, executive director of environmental group 350.org, was among those who slammed the Republican Attorney Generals’ letter. She said Exxon refuses to “turn from its destructive deception on climate change,” even in the face of record-breaking temperatures.

“Whether it’s trying to block Attorney General [Maura] Healey’s investigation in Massachusetts or orchestrating coordinated attacks from Republican attorneys general across the country,” Boeve said in a statement, “it’s clear that Exxon’s only interest is in maintaining the status quo of its business model — planet and people be damned.”
Rutledge's entry on Exxon's side is no surprise. She's been a steadfast opponent of environmental regulation and anything that she thinks would discourage burning of fossil fuel.

ADDENDUM: Here's some background on the corporate crackpottery the Republicans including Rutledge are trying to produce.

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