90 conservative and libertarian groups become the target of an invasive climate probe

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The attorney general of the U.S. Virgin islands is going after conservative and libertarian groups who don’t drink the climate change Kool-Aid.

The office of Claude Walker, the USVI AG, issued a subpoena in March demanding copies of communications between Exxon Mobil and 90 political and policy groups “and any other organizations engaged in research or advocacy concerning Climate Change or policies,” Fox News reported.

The demand is part of a national coordinated attack by states attorney generals and left wing groups to use the legal system to go after groups that are skeptical of the doctrine of man-made climate change, according to Fox News.

The Wall Street Journal first reported on the subpoena in April but now the Washington Free Beacon has published the names of the groups being targeted.

Among the organizations listed are he Hoover Institution, the Heritage Foundation, the Reason Foundation and the Cato Institute.

Another group in the crosshairs, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, called the subpoena “a blatant attempt to intimidate and harass an organization for advancing views that you oppose.”

Hans von Spakovsky, a fellow at Heritage, called it “a truly outrageous abuse of [the attorney general’s] authority and a misuse of the law.”

University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds said it “looks like a concerted scheme to restrict the First Amendment free speech rights of people they don’t agree with.”

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