Massachusetts AG to Exxon: hand over your communications with think tanks

Appalling: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has demanded papers of “major associations and think tanks involved in climate skepticism” that may be in the files of the ExxonMobil Corp. including groups to which Exxon has never given a dollar [The Hill; Mike Bastasch, Daily Caller] One of her targets, Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, responded with extremely rude language entirely unprintable in this space [same] Meanwhile, 19 Democratic members of Congress from California including Reps. Ted Lieu and Zoe Lofgren have written a letter to California Attorney General Kamala Harris urging her to continue full speed ahead with her probe into wrongful climate opinion and to pay no attention to critics’ cries that the First Amendment might somehow be relevant [same] Attorney general Claude Walker of the Virgin Islands is fighting a sanctions motion by the Competitive Enterprise Institute over his overreaching subpoena [WSJ editorial] As for “the claim by activist groups and liberal politicians that they are doing to Exxon Mobil what they did to tobacco,” does that mean they’re planning on cartelizing the oil industry and bolstering its profits while making sure billions in contingent fees get siphoned off to the lawyers among their political donors? [Holman Jenkins, Wall Street Journal] Earlier here, here, etc., etc.


  • Kudos to Mr. Epstein. He should go on offense—file a complaint with the bar authorities.

  • And while I am at it—what is so rude about his response? The AG is abusing her office to punish him for speaking–does he have some social obligation to be civil? I think not.

    The AG’s actions make her unfit for polite society.

  • The people who work in the MA AG’s office are rude as all get out – good for Mr. Epstein.

  • What is the”famous” English case often referenced in similar situation?

    • I think you refer to what is known as Arkell v. Pressdram, although that wasn’t actually a “case” – it was just a letter, and the famous reply to that letter.

      • For reference – Arkell

        Was this the one you were thinking of, Fox2? I had it in mind as well, but unlike David C, I couldn’t reference it at need. Thanks DavidC!

  • “One of her targets, Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, responded with extremely rude language entirely unprintable in this space”

    Love it.

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  • Alex Epstein is on the forefront of a much needed fight for free speech. All of us who value freedom owe him our thanks and support.

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