Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein promised to prosecute the oil company ExxonMobil for “lying” to the public about global warming.
Stein’s promise comes after Democratic lawmakers have been urging the Obama administration and state attorneys general to investigate Exxon for allegedly misleading the public about global warming by funding groups skeptical of government climate regulations.
My attorney general will prosecute Exxon for lying to the world about climate change. We need to end fossil fuels before it’s too late.
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) August 11, 2016
Stein is running for president as the Green Party nominee. The Green Party is a left-wing party focused mainly on environmental issues. The first plank of her presidential platform is a “Green New Deal” to “turn the tide on climate change, revive the economy and make wars for oil obsolete.”
Stein promises to accomplish this by initiating “a WWII-scale national mobilization to halt climate change” and creating “20 million jobs by transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030.” She’s currently polling at just under 4 percent, according to the Real Clear Politics average.
While Stein is unlikely to get even a single electoral vote, her call to prosecute Exxon for its stance on global warming has already been taken up by several Democratic states attorneys general.
New York AG Eric Schneiderman was the first state prosecutor to launch an investigation into Exxon based on allegations made by left-wing reporters at InsideClimate News and Columbia University the company “knew” of the dangers of global warming, but funded skeptic groups to mislead the public about climate science.
Massachusetts AG Maura Healey also launched an investigation into Exxon under her state’s consumer protection law – Even though Exxon does not operate in her state.
Exxon filed an injunction against her investigation in Texas court and Healey is trying to move the case to Massachusetts. It could be months before a ruling is made in this case.
U.S. Virgin Islands AG Claude Walker subpoenaed Exxon and the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a libertarian think tank, earlier this year under his territory’s anti-racketeering law, but has since withdrawn both subpoenas.
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