Gore, Attorneys General target fossil fuel companies for “fraud”

A small number of attorneys general gathered at a press conference Tuesday to bemoan what they see as the “fraud” and unlawful actions perpetrated by fossil fuel companies such as ExxonMobil.

The attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Eric Daily Caller  New FoundationSchneiderman, castigated oil producers for misleading the public and shareholders about what they knew about global warming and sea levels.

“We know because of what is already out there, there are companies using the best climate models, they know how much the sea levels are rising,” Schneiderman said. “They know all these things. Yet they have told the public that there are no effective climate models to determine the sea levels.”

The First Amendment does not protect Exxon’s actions, Schneiderman said.

“The First Amendment does not give you the right to commit fraud. We are pursuing the fossil fuel companies as if they have committed fraud,” Schneiderman noted.

The attorneys’ general criticisms come as a result of a September investigation of ExxonMobil conducted by InsideClimate News and others. The investigation found that Exxon had allegedly played fast and loose with information concerning global warming.

InsideClimate News also alleges that Amoco, Phillips, Texaco, Shell, and others joined ExxonMobil, in misleading the public about the supposed effects global warming has on sea levels.

Former Vice President Al Gore, who joined the cavalcade of judges on the stage, mirrored Schneiderman’s comments, saying if “these companies did violate the law in committing fraud, then they should be held to account.”

He added the best way to fix the fossil fuel companies’ malfeasance is if the Congress allows the executive branch and the Obama administration to work. “The lawbreakers can be dealt with at the federal level.”

One of the best ways to deal with reducing carbon emissions, he added, is to bring to heel those companies that act unlawfully.

Maura Healey, the Massachusetts attorney general, joined Schneiderman and Gore on stage. While Healey also lambasted fossil fuel companies for their supposed illegalities, she noted also that attorney generals have a particular role to play in fighting so-called man-made global warming.

“There is nothing we need to worry about more than climate change,” Healey said. “Nothing is more important, not drug abuse, not crimes against property. Nothing. Climate change is a matter of extreme urgency,” she added.

Energy insiders were not enamored by the attorneys’ general comments, telling The Daily Caller News Foundation in a press statement that the conference’s participants were relying on “cherry-picked” research to direct their excoriations.

“I think the two big headlines coming out of this are that this entire issue continues to be based on a horrendously reported series of stories that rely on cherry-picked statements at every turn,” Katie Brown, a spokesperson for energy research website Energy In Depth, said in a press statement on Tuesday.

She went on to say the attorneys general, as well as Gore, do not seem to care about wasting the money and resources of tax payers, in the same way that Schneiderman has in New York.

New York has prohibited hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, inside its boarders. The state has also issued investigations into ExxonMobil’s actions or inactions regarding their knowledge of sea levels and global warming.

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This article originally appeared in The Daily Caller.

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  • James Stamulis

    Al Gore should be imprisoned for fraud against the American people! In fact he has a bigger carbon footprint than the state of Rhode Island. Elitist jerk.

    • Indeed. Never lose sight of how the ‘Exxon Knew’ accusation is not merely some omnipresent meme about the fossil fuel industry using the same tactics as the old tobacco industry. The collective premise of the latest ‘RICO push’ to prosecute ‘global warming deniers’ is based on an accusation which first gained media traction circa 1996-’97 from a single global warming alarmist book author, Ross Gelbspan, and the clique of enviro-activists surrounding his efforts. Worse, the accusation has part of its roots in Al Gore’s 1991-’92 Senate office.

      Please see my American Thinker article about the fatal problems behind this ‘RICO push’, “Those scientists who want to use RICO to prosecute AGW ‘deniers’ have a big problem” http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/10/those_scientists_who_want_to_use_rico_to_prosecute_agw_deniers_have_a_big_problem.html Regarding the bit about the accusation’s roots being seen in Gore’s Senate office, I originally detailed that back in 2011 at CFACT’s ClimateDepot site, “Smearing Skeptic Scientists: What did Gore know and when did he know it?” http://www.climatedepot.com/2011/05/23/climate-depot-exclusive-smearing-skeptic-scientists-what-did-gore-know-and-when-did-he-know-it/

      Don’t simply look at yet another return of Al Gore as just the latest irritation. Think of it as an epic act of political suicide.

      • Dano2

        No way your employer is making that weak brew work. Tell your boss you need something that doesn’t make you look stupid when you post.

        Best,

        D

        • VanceJ

          I suppose you are a Brainiac. you know everything when you know nothing.

    • Smart Southerner

      AGREE!

  • 4TimesAYear

    I urge people from those states to call their AG and tell them that area is actually sinking. Trying to reduce CO2 will do absolutely nothing to change the climate and it certainly won’t stop subsidence. They look very foolish joining ranks with the likes of Al Gore.

  • binman

    The globalists are doing irreparable damage to our atmosphere and climate with their high altitude aerosol spraying and HAARP experiments.
    They have single handedly caused the worse drought in CA’s recorded history with over 10 years of their “Solar Radiation Management” experiments.
    This clearly shows that they have no interest in saving the planet, just controlling it’s population.

  • reagangs

    These pot smoking, glue sniffing, LSD popping ingrates, socialist minions to Georgie Soros, the UN and EU radical left elites are the criminals that need imprisoned. The so called ‘science’ is NOT settled. The global warming (gw)/climate change (cc) claims aren’t working with the general public so now it’s social, economic, envirnon-mental

    • Dano2

      Good comedy! I LOLzed!

      Best,

      D

  • Robert Pekarik

    The frauds continue to pursue their fraudulent, data manipulative, history changing agenda. They change words, data and truth. They demonize legitimate scientists who have proven that they are changing data to continue their money and power grabbing fraud. No need for big money from the oil and gas producing companies. Now they have tax payer money by the billions to continue the lying and manipulation of facts. These people are the danger to America. They have the corrupt to the core democrat party and Obama administration to run interference for their insanity. The far left marxist liberals can’t seem to make up their minds as to what is the most dangerous thing facing our planet – Conservatives, Climate Changer, Common Sense or George Bush.

    • Dano2

      Justin Data everybody!

      Will the right’s newest heartthrob finally be THE ONE to validate their self-identity?!?!?

      Best,

      d

      • Robert Pekarik

        #&@@(^)$+!?><_

      • Smart Southerner

        #&@@(^)$+!?><

  • The fact that this is a coalition of National Socialist (used to be called “Democrat,” but they gave up all pretense of democracy in 2010 when they rammed Obamacare up the national cloaca in spite of the enraged opposition of their own core voting constituencies) states’ attorneys general and they haven’t got ONE even nominally Republican A.G. to buy into this orgy of “Liberal” fascism tells everything that needs to be known about the Cargo Cult “science” of allegedly anthropogenic CO2-caused “man-made global climate change.”

    Objective reality is not determined along partisan political lines, is it?

    Well, for those “special snowflakes” who vote Clinton and Sanders, what else could it be?

    ============
    “Manmade Global Warming” is a collection of ideas that have been thoroughly discredited by real science for years. Yet you would never know it by observing the behavior of politicians, media personalities, and certain corrupt academics and scientists. There is not now, nor was there ever any scientifically respectable evidence for global warming. Like Lysenkoism, it is a complete and total fabrication, a hoax.

    Yet it continues to have a strictly political life because, just as Lysenkoism served Stalinism by backing up Marx’s flawed notions — Global Warming serves today’s collectivists by offering them an excuse to seize control, not merely of the means of production, but of each moment, every aspect of the lives of every individual under their thumbs.

    To be absolutely certain the opportunity isn’t missed, dissenters — meteorologists and others willing to dismiss Global Warming as the crock it happens to be—have found themselves intimidated, denied funding and tenure, even fired. Here and there you’ll even see demands that “climate change deniers” be prosecuted, imprisoned, or executed. Somewhere, the ghosts of Stalin and Lysenko are having a huge laugh together.

    — L. Neil Smith, “Lysenko’s Revenge” (30 August 2009)

    • Dano2

      Buffooning to amuse us! Good job!

      Best,

      D

      • Smart Southerner

        Ummmmmmm….NO!

      • VanceJ

        Your stupidity is Not amusing.

        but I guess ignorance is bliss for you.

  • Phil Esposito

    What happened to our once great country? If they investigate this, they’re going to have to arrest themselves for fraud.

  • delbert chaudoin

    Just shut up and bear it. Nobody gave a DAMM when they were persecuting the “EVIL” tobacco industry. Nobody cared that they were opening the door for this kind of shit by setting a legal precedent. Stick it to the evil bastards. Well, now YOU are the “Evil Bastards”. How will you like 10-15 dollar a gallon gas just because you were too blind to see that they didn’t give a damm about the tobacco industry except as a door opener Well, now the door is open and it will be total HELL to close it again. Welcome to 1984 complements of America’s mass stupidity.

    • Dano2

      Artificially cheap, subsidized fuel, subsidized with American lives. Aren’t you something?

      Best.

      D

      • delbert chaudoin

        Dano: I read your posts and I have trouble deciding. Are you a brilliant satirist or just another brain dead liberal? I tend toward satirist, but you sound serious enough in some of your posts to make me wonder.

        • Dano2

          Feel free to point out where anything I typed is in error. Shall I hold my breath while waiting?

          Best,

          D

  • carol

    Al Gore is the biggest fraud out there along with suzuki the rockerfellers green peace rothchilds hewlitt and packer foundations the UN Almay just be digging his own grave with this stunt

  • Smart Southerner

    I bet all the attorney generals who met are Democrats (fools).

  • Smart Southerner

    I hope President Trump appoints a committee of normal Americans to thoroughly investigate this mega $ Liberal scam. We have already FLUSHED $Billions down the toilet on this BS.

    GLOBAL WARMING RESEARCH SHIP:

  • Labor74

    Just wondering…How much did these AGs, Gore, etal, accept from oil companies as they ran for various offices in their states, & for federal ones… Cannot help but think “A LOT”!!!

  • disqus_csS14QlsyM

    Al Bore strikes again! Making billions out of the Fraud that is “global warming,” despite the fact that for the past 20 years, there has been ZERO “warming,” and ZERO proof of the other effects of “warming” that they constantly moan about. NO melting of the Polar Ice Caps, NO sea level rises, and NO extinction of polar bears. The opposite has been the case. The mass media and corrupt politicians are collaborators together of the biggest Scam the world has ever seen, the “Climate Change/Global Warming” Scam.

  • Paullitely

    Please, Please, Please get this into a courtroom so the truth about the fraudulent science can be widely demonstrated and presented. We need more of these misguided lawsuits by the promoters of the CO2 Global Warming Climate Change fraud, because they will ricochet back to bite them. We also need fearless lawsuits against the FRAUDSTERS so the media can tune in and report the biggest story of the century… how we have been victimized by political and economic special interests in the name of being kind to the Planet Earth. Instead, the cost of living for lower income people’s has been dramatically increased, and we are being prepared for excessive heat that is actually beneficial at higher lattitudes, while we are actually tipping into a deadly cold mini Iceage. The Landscheidt Mini-ice Ice age will last for 30 years or more and we will need every form of energy to grow food and keep warm. See PAULLITELY.COM for details and clear evidence.