Massachusetts’ Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey declared “victory” on Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected ExxonMobil’s attempt to derail her office’s probe into whether the fossil fuel giant misled investors and the public about its knowledge of climate change . The justices declined to hear Exxon’s appeal of an April ruling by Massachusetts’ highest court, Reuters reported. The decision effectively affirmed Healy’s authority to investigate Exxon and to order the company to hand over decades of internal records related to the company’s understanding of global warming. This victory “clears the way for our office to investigate Exxon’s conduct toward consumers and investors,” Healey tweeted after the ruling. “The public deserves answers from this company about what it knew about the impacts of burning fossil fuels, and when,” she added. Healey first issued a civil investigative demand on Exxon in April 2016 in order to seek “information regarding whether Exxon may have misled consumers and/or investors with respect to the impact of fossil fuels on climate change, and climate change-driven risks to Exxon’s business.” The oil company repeatedly tried to block the AG’s investigation in lower courts but never prevailed. Today’s rejection from the nation’s top court likely means […]

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here