Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has been methodically working on a case to find out what Exxon Mobil Corp. knew about the impact of burning fossil fuels — and when.
By STEVE LeBLANC
BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has been methodically working on a case to find out what Exxon Mobil Corp. knew about the impact of burning fossil fuels — and when.
This week, Healey inched closer to that goal when the U. S. Supreme Court refused to hear a bid by the company meant to block the investigation by the Massachusetts Democrat into whether the company misled investors and consumers about what it knew about the link between fossil fuels and climate change.
Healey is seeking documents from the Irving, Texas-based oil and gas giant to find out whether it concealed key information.
The decision Monday is the latest legal blow for Exxon Mobil. The highest court in Massachusetts ruled last year that the company must hand over documents sought by Healey.
Healey welcomed Monday’s decision, saying it helps clear the way for her investigation of Exxon Mobil’s conduct toward consumers and investors.
“The public deserves answers from this company about what it knew about the impacts of burning fossil fuels, and when,” Healey tweeted Monday.
While an Exxon Mobil spokesman declined to comment on the court’s decision, the company has pushed back against the idea that its scientists and researchers knew that man-made emissions caused global climate change in the 1970s and 1980s, but that the company kept those findings secret.

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