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Politico's Morning Energy reports on the subpoena sent to CEI by an attorney general in an attempt to silence the debate on climate change. 

Last we left the burgeoning investigation into ExxonMobil’s climate science communications, the Competitive Enterprise Institute was vowing to fight a subpoena issued to it from the attorney general of the Virgin Islands. Now other players in the conservative firmament are leaping to CEI’s defense, including Monday columns from University of Tennessee professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds and the Cato Institute’s Walter Olson. "In these working groups of attorneys general, legal efforts are commonly parceled out among the states in a deliberate and strategic way, with particular tasks being assigned to AGs who have comparative advantage in some respect (such as an unusually favorable state law to work with, or superior staff expertise or media access),” Olson contended. "Why would one of the most politically sensitive tasks of all — opening up a legal attack against CEI, a long-established nonprofit well known in Washington and in libertarian and conservative ideological circles — be assigned to the AG from a tiny and remote jurisdiction?"

Read the full article at Politico's Morning Energy