Over the past years, science and engineering company ExxonMobil has been slapped with different accusations saying it is providing misleading information about climate change.
But a recent report from Wall Street Journal revealed that a certain group has plotted to make Exxon appear corrupt in the minds of the public. On Wednesday, the beleaguered company stepped up to block a court subpoena issued by a Virgin Islands attorney general.
The report claimed that some environmentalists are behind the plot during a closed-door meeting. The report is one of the exposés showing plots to generate negative public perception toward Exxon. The meeting, which was held sometime in January, has a main objective of establishing within the mindset of the public that the company is responsible in misleading information on climate change.
The same report also discussed the company’s claim before the local court. According to the court records, as reported by the news publication, the group of environmentalists is responsible in persuading prosecutors and courts to probe the company.
“The chilling effect of this inquiry, which discriminates based on viewpoint to target one side of an ongoing policy debate, strikes at protected speech at the core of the First Amendment,” Exxon wrote on its court filing as reported by the WSJ.
But Lee Wasserman, who heads the Rockefeller Family Fund, denied reports saying the January meeting discussed a plot against Exxon. Wasserman added that the meeting aimed to help people understand more about climate change.
In a statement, Exxon’s Ken Cohen said that all conspiracy theories thrown at the company are “further from the truth.” Cohen emphasized that the company keeps its mission to the people and environment in providing truthful information to educate the people about climate change.