A baker's dozen of Republican attorney generals have issued a tit-for-tat warning to their Democratic counterparts: if you can prosecute climate skeptics for "fraud," then we do the same to alarmists whose global warming predictions don't pan out.
The knuckle-rapping caution is contained in a blunt letter
— fronted by Alabama Attorney Gen. Luther Strange — which reads in part: "If it is possible to minimize the risks of climate change, then the same goes for exaggeration."
"If minimization is fraud, exaggeration is fraud."
It's also signed by Ken Paxton of Texas, Alan Wilson of South Carolina, Bill Schuette of Michigan, Adam Laxalt of Nevada Jeff Landry of Louisiana, Craig Richards of Alaska, Doug Peterson of Nebraska, Mark Brnovich of Arizona, Sean Reyes of Utah, Leslie Rutledge of Arkansas, Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma and Brad Schimel of Wisconsin.
The Washington Times reports
that the letter was fired off as oil giant Exxon Mobil fights subpoenas by from Attorney Gens. Maura Healey of Massachusetts and Calude Walker of the Virgin Islands.
They want to see years of "climate-related documents and communications with academics, universities and free-market think tanks," the Times said.
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