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Inside Climate News Quotes Robert Collings on Exxon Climate Probe

On July 27, 2016 by Schnader in Environmental

Energy & Environmental Practice Group Co-chair Robert L. Collings was quoted in the article “State AGs and Groups Defy Lamar Smith’s Subpoena Over Exxon Climate Probes,” published by Inside Climate News on July 27, 2016.

The article discusses subpoenas served on two state attorneys general and several nongovernmental advocacy groups by House of Representatives Science Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-Texas). The subpoenas seek information regarding their investigations of ExxonMobil for alleged efforts to disseminate misinformation about client change.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have refused to comply with the subpoena, calling it “an affront to states’ rights.” The advocacy groups also have refused to comply, citing First Amendment rights to disseminate information without the threat of government investigation. In the article, Mr. Collings explained why Smith faces a tough fight to compel compliance.