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In an article in today's New York Times (click here for the story) by John Schwartz, it was revealed that Massachusetts and the Virgin Islands are joining the lawsuit. The case may involve a criminal charge of fraud because lying to investors and other stakeholders, in this case denying the impact of their product on the environment, is illegal. One of the main areas of inquiry involves funding of groups, many of them unscientific, that sought to discredit climate science and scientists. The case focuses on evidence that Exxon Mobil knew that emissions caused greenhouse gas pollution and associated global climate change even while they tried to suppress information about the issue.
There is little doubt in the mind of many who have followed the interaction of energy companies on the issue of climate change how this case will be decided.