NY Attorney General Won’t Cooperate With House Probe

ALBANY (AP) -

New York’s attorney general is refusing to send requested documents about his global warming investigation into Exxon Mobil to a congressional committee, saying Congress lacks jurisdiction over state law enforcement.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who chairs the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, that his request May 18 was based on “incorrect statements” about what he’s doing.

Smith and 12 other lawmakers wrote to Schneiderman and 16 other attorneys general, saying the AGs have been pushed by climate activists “to use their prosecutorial powers to stifle scientific discourse.” They requested all communications concerning subpoenas or potential prosecutions related to climate change.

Schneiderman, a Democrat, has been investigating whether the Texas-based oil giant misled investors about global warming.