Exxon’s ‘Green’ States Climate Fight Heats Up in Texas CourtErik Larson
Exxon Mobil Corp.’s battle with New York and Massachusetts over their probes into the company’s use of climate change data is heating up, and a key element of the national dispute is now in the hands of a Texas judge.
The states are investigating whether Exxon for years misled investors about how climate change may affect its business, prompting Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to issue a subpoena in April. Irving, Texas-based Exxon sued Healey on the company’s home turf to block it.
New York and Massachusetts, backed by a dozen other states, on Tuesday urged U.S. District Judge Judge Ed Kinkeade in Fort Worth, Texas, to throw out Exxon’s suit on the grounds that the company is using the federal court to trample the rights of states to investigate corporate wrongdoing.