Court says Exxon must hand over climate documents
By Meteor Blades
In a loss for ExxonMobil, the New York State Supreme Court has ordered the oil giant and its accounting firm to produce documents subpoenaed in a highly charged investigation of whether the company concealed from investors and the public what it knew about climate change as long as four decades ago.
The case stems from an investigation by the Pulitzer-winning InsideClimate News website that found evidence that the oil giant’s own scientists had warned company executives about the climate impacts of burning fossil fuels in the 1970s. Exxon paid millions of dollars to shills who smeared climate scientists and spread propaganda claiming human-caused climate change was not a thing.