The subpoena also reveals the scope of documents the attorney general's office has requested. It demanded communications regarding Exxon's research on climate change, documents showing how Exxon disclosed its findings on climate change to investors and to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and any consumer complaints regarding climate change, among other documents.
The subpoena appears to confirm reports that the New York attorney general is looking into whether Exxon hid from investors what the company knew about climate change and its potential impacts on business.
The New York probe, along with those subsequently launched by other state attorneys general, has come under scrutiny from Republicans on the House Science Committee. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the chair of the committee, has subpoenaed the New York and Massachusetts attorneys general, arguing that the state probes are politically motivated and could intimidate scientists.
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