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Frosh uses lawsuit as a shakedown

The Sun praises its hero, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, for standing up to Rep. Lamar Smith's letter demanding information on investigations being conducted by Mr. Frosh and 16 other attorney generals, all Democrats, on "potential climate change fraud" ("Frosh's temperature rise," June 1).

According to these Democrats and their supporters at the Sun, ExxonMobil and other oil companies may have deceived investors and consumers of the consequences of burning their products. I guess I should have been warned when I filled up my gas tank 30 years ago that I would be contributing to global warming — oops — climate change occurring now or 50 years into the future. Apparently, Exxon knew or should have known that this would occur and we all, if properly warned, would have been riding our bikes to work instead of driving our cars.

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Please. These "investigations" are nothing more than politically motivated lawsuits brought by politically motivated politicians, including Mr. Frosh, against unpopular companies that are conducting a perfectly legal business. Mr. Frosh and his friends are doing nothing more than using the legal system to stamp out dissent to a popular narrative concerning the climate with the ultimate goal of making sufficient enough threats to induce some sort of financial settlement. That is called a shakedown. This kind of conduct would be reprehensible if used by Republicans against any Sun favored entities and it is just as reprehensible if done by Democrats.

Further, I find it incredible that the Sun would cavalierly dismiss any arguments concerning protection of free speech under the First Amendment. A free society should tolerate the expression of any opinion, even those expressed by companies that nobody loves. Opinions lacking a good basis should be countered by better arguments and not election year grandstanding. We need more open dialogue and fewer dubious claims of fraud intended to silence contrary views.

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Robert. C. Erlandson, Ellicott City


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