Professor Charles Tiefer testified Wednesday (Sept. 14, 2016) before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, whose chairman, Lamar S. Smith, a Republican of Texas, has subpoenaed attorneys general in New York and Massachusetts who are investigating how Exxon Mobil’s research on climate change comports with the company’s funding for groups that promote doubts about the validity of climate science.
Smith, who has questioned the scientific consensus on climate change, said he called Wednesday’s hearing to “affirm the legitimacy” of his inquiry into the attorneys generals’ actions.
Tiefer, the only witness called by Democrats on the committee, said that this was the first time a House committee had subpoenaed a state attorney general and that the subpoenas were unenforceable — and that the science committee cannot and should not try to enforce them.
Tiefer is a former acting general counsel of the House of Representatives.
Recommended reading, from The New Yorker: “The House Science Committee’s Anti-Science Rampage,” by Lawrence M. Krauss (Sept. 14, 2016).