Environmental activist Robert Kennedy Jr. sent a secret legal memo to then-state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, urging him to ban ExxonMobil from doing business in New York for allegedly misleading the public for decades about climate change.
The 17-page Jan. 5, 2016, memo obtained by The Post comes under the heading, “Revocation of Exxon Mobil Authority to do Business in New York” and talks about imposing a “corporate death penalty” on the oil giant.
The document came just weeks after the former attorney launched a securities probe on whether ExxonMobil misled investors on the costs of climate change.
Corporations must obtain a certificate of authority to operate in New York if they were incorporated elsewhere.
“Exxon Mobil’s subterfuge amounts to a crime against humanity,” said the document from the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, co-founded by Kennedy (right). “By delaying government action for a quarter century, Exxon Mobil has caused massive and predictable environmental damage in New York State.”
ExxonMobil has more than 1,000 gas stations in New York and does $4 billion per year in sales, accounting for 21 percent of the auto- fuels market in the state, according to the memo.
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