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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Free Speech, Climate Change, and CEI

Even if you disagree with climate-change skeptics, official harassment should be deeply troubling. Kyle Feldscher reports at The Washington Examiner:
A group targeted by Democratic attorneys general in a climate change investigation hit back at subpoenas they call "unlawful and un-American" in a new video posted Tuesday.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute fought off a subpoena from U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker earlier this year. Walker's subpoena was sent to the group to try and get information about ExxonMobil's donations to the climate change-doubting think tank from 1997 to 2007.
Walker believed he was trying to investigate what ExxonMobil knew about how fossil fuels impact climate change and when, but CEI leaders say it was a battle over freedom of speech.

"No American should fear being singled out and harassed by a government official who takes a different point of view on public policy questions," says Kent Lassman, president of the group in the video.