In Nod to Activists, Massachusetts AG Threatens Politically Motivated Climate Lawsuit

Three years after announcing her investigation into the company, with no documents discovered and no depositions taken, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is now threatening to bring a case against ExxonMobil over climate change. The effort began at an activist-organized press conference in 2016, where AG Healey was flanked on stage with Al Gore and former-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

AG Healey’s timing is no accident, but instead a politically motivated attempt to gain media attention and distract the company just days before it is set to go to trial for a similar case in New York.

As shown in the pre-emptive motion filed by ExxonMobil, along with newly published emails between the AG’s office and climate activists, Healey’s political calculus epitomizes her investigation overall: Under the long-term influence of activists and the plaintiff’s attorneys behind the #ExxonKnew campaign, Healey isn’t concerned about consumers; she is attempting to punish an energy producer.


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