Exxon Mobil Argues Its Climate Disinfo Is Free Speech

Courthouse News Service reports:

One of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies appeared to be running on fumes Wednesday in its bid to avert liability for publicly downplaying both the risks of climate change and how its business contributes to global warming.

The steady disintegration of the appeal began only moments into oral arguments at the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts considers Exxon Mobil’s attempt to shield itself under a law that protects people or organizations from being sued for making statements in the public interest.

Anti-SLAPP laws, short for strategic lawsuits against public participation, are common in the U.S., though more commonly applied to newspapers, television reporters and other news media organizations.

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