Fox's Special Report Claims Scientific Consensus On Climate Change Is “Subject Of Vigorous Debate”
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From the May 27 edtition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier:
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BRET BAIER (HOST): President Obama's Justice Department may be going after your business if he does not like the way you think about global warming. Some critics are calling it political persecution masked as science, and say it's already under way. Correspondent Doug McKelway explains.
DOUG MCKELWAY: In March Rhode Island Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse made that pointed remark about climate change to Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Within days, Democratic attorneys general from more than a dozen states fired off subpoenas seeking decades of records from climate change skeptics, university professors, scientists, corporations, and think tanks, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
ExxonMobil was also subpoenaed by New York's attorney general, seeking 40 year old in-house research about fossil fuels and climate. Information, the AG believes, might hurt shareholder value.
And ExxonMobil VP's response to whether its defrauded the public?
On May 25th, five Republican senators wrote Lynch demanding DOJ cease "its ongoing use of law enforcement resources to stifle private debate on one of the most controversial public issues of our time - climate change."
First amendment rights aside, accusations of distorting climate science for political use run both ways.
That 97 percent figure, like so much else in the science of global warming, is the subject of vigorous debate. Meanwhile, the competitive enterprise institute is fighting back, asking a D.C. Court to fine the government for violating its First Amendment rights.