Lamar Smith’s Hearing on Subpoenas: Greenpeace Response
by Rodrigo Estrada
August 31, 2016
On Tuesday August 30, 2016 Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Space, Science, and Technology Committee, announced he will hold a hearing on September 14th to affirm his authority to issue subpoenas to the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts as well as non-governmental organizations, for their investigations into ExxonMobil’s colossal climate denial scheme.
Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA said in response:
“Science Committee Republicans are planning to hold a hearing to determine if the subpoenas they’ve already served are constitutional. Shouldn’t they have determined this before creating yet another distraction from bipartisan progress on climate change? Holding a hearing at this point doesn’t give Lamar Smith any more constitutional authority to interfere with a legitimate state investigation than he could have had when he served the subpoenas. Greenpeace continues to support the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts, and will continue to exercise its public interest advocacy role to hold Exxon accountable for decades of climate denial.”