For Immediate Release: July 13, 2016
Congress’s Nefarious Plot to Quell AG’s Climate Investigation
Albany – New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced today that his office, in the midst of an investigation into Exxon Mobil’s possible fraud, will not comply with an unlawful attempt by the House of Representatives to interfere with his ongoing probe.
The following statement is attributable to Peter Iwanowicz, Executive Director of Environmental Advocates of New York:
“We know there are politicians who deny climate science. And we know there are politicians buried so deep into the pockets of fossil fuel donors they will stop at nothing to pollute our air and denigrate our environment. But the flagrant and reprehensible misuse and abuse of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, in order to thwart a standard investigation of Exxon Mobil’s alleged fraud, is new territory for even the most experienced and cynical watchers of Congress.
The authority of individually elected state Attorneys General to conduct investigations of this kind without interference is well-established. The House’s lack of authority is evident; while their goal is to keep investors and the public in the dark about Exxon’s anti-climate activities, their strategy has turned over as often as dirty bath water. And that’s because it’s just as filthy.
This is truly an affront to all New Yorkers, and all Americans. It’s not mere overreach, it’s rotten to the core. Anyone looking for the latest example of why so many have lost faith in their government, look no further than the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, a once-venerable body that has become a go-to entity when powerful corporations need to run to Congress to keep people from learning the truth.”