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House Science Committee claims free speech attacks in Exxon probes

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Michael Ambriz
May 20, 2016 16:12
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Even before getting the evidence he claims he needs, however, Smith has accused NOAA of scientific dishonesty.

Rep. Smith and the 12 other Republicans on the committee have now turned their sights on a new target—actually, on 25 new targets.

Most recently, the attorney general of the US Virgin Islands subpoenaed Exxon for relevant communications with a long list of think tanks and lobbying groups, as well as with some specific scientists inside and outside the company.

If that sentence strikes you between the eyes and leaves you blinking, it could be because securities fraud isn t a First Amendment right or an issue of academic freedom.

The letters demand all relevant documents and communications between any combination of the attorneys general, the environmental groups, the Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Obama Administration.

Just a few days ago, the attorneys general of Texas and Alabama filed to block the US Virgin Islands subpoena.

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