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This case could be one of the most important we ever see – like as a species. At some point it’s going to be illegal to pay politicians to like about climate change, or it won’t and we’ll simply have to beef up all of our institutions that do clearly state CO2 is an environmental pollutant. Exxon has been fighting back hard for three years to keep its case from the courts. I donate to Healey’s campaign specifically because of this case.

The case, fundamentally, wishes to show that Exxon and other fossil fuel groups manipulated public perception of climate change with lobbying and advertising while knowing they were in fact lying per their own internal scientific research.

SOURCE: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Attorney General Maura Healey had jurisdiction to seek records to probe whether the oil company’s marketing or sale of fossil fuel products violated the state’s consumer protection law. Exxon argued that because it is incorporated in Texas and New Jersey, Healey had no basis to issue a demand for documents in 2016 to conduct a Massachusetts-based investigation of whether it misled consumers and investors. But Justice Elspeth Cypher, writing for a 6-0 court, said jurisdiction existed because of Exxon’s control over advertising conducted for about 300 franchise gas stations operating under the Exxon and Mobil brands in Massachusetts.

By John Fitzgerald Weaver

John Fitzgerald Weaver is a solar developer; known digitally as the 'Commercial Solar Guy.' As a project developer and installer, he’s sold and managed 50+ solar projects, valued over $25 million, ranging in size from 5kW to 1500kW. He’s been involved in many aspects of the solar supply chain –- as a company founder, developer, project manager, manufacturer, permit runner, salesman, contractor and financier. In his free time he tries to get away and clear his mind by climbing mountains, or more regularly by enjoying an IPA or scotch, and really loves the strange connection between politics, energy, finance, and environment in the energy world.

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