Exxon To NY: Put Up Or Shut Up

I’m betting on Exxon’s lawyers

Exxon Tells New York to ‘Put Up Or Shut Up’ in Climate Probe

Exxon Mobil Corp. told a judge that New York’s attorney general should either sue the company for misleading investors about the financial impact of climate change, or close its probe and move on.

“They should put up or shut up,” Exxon’s lawyer, Theodore Wells, said at a hearing Wednesday in New York state court in Manhattan. “We are ready to confront any complaint.”

The remark was part of a heated exchange between lawyers for Exxon and New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood about the production of internal corporate documents sought by the state, pertaining to a variety of exploration and chemical projects. New York argues there’s evidence that Exxon for years used two sets of numbers — one public, one private — to calculate the future financial impact of climate change, with investors given the rosier figures.

“This cannot go on interminably,” Justice Barry Ostrager told the attorney general’s lawyers at the start of the hearing. “You’ve been investigating for two years, so either you’re going to file a case, or you’re not going to file a case.”

“We are coming to an end in our investigation,” Manisha Sheth, a top lawyer for Underwood’s office, responded. Underwood’s office has repeatedly argued that Exxon’s tactics have delayed the probe.

It’s almost like New York’s AG office believes that justice works as guilty till proven innocent, and that entities are not allowed to defend themselves.

There’s “smoking gun” evidence, Sheth said, that justifies the continued digging for Exxon documents before a decision is made on whether to sue. She said there’s evidence suggesting former Exxon Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson was aware of the discrepancy in the so-called proxy cost numbers, and that he “seemed happy” with it.

Sounds like a fishing expedition premised on a public servant having already made their mind up. Exxon should start pulling all their operations out of NY, and definately refuse to sell to any state government departments.

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3 Responses to “Exxon To NY: Put Up Or Shut Up”

  1. Hoss says:

    The fascists in New York probably thinks they’re putting a financial pinch on Exxon; Exxon probably just threw an extra penny or two on every gallon to finance the litigation.

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  3. Mangoldielocks says:

    New York argues there’s evidence that Exxon for years used two sets of numbers — one public, one private

    This sounds like the work of Hillary Clinton. Could it be she is the secret CEO of Exxon Mobil?

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