by Barbara Hollingsworth

( – A coalition of 17 state attorneys general led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman secretly agreed to obstruct requests for open records regarding their coordinated attack against climate change skeptics, according to documents obtained by a legal watchdog group.

A copy of the coalition’s May 18 Common Interest Agreement was obtained by theEnergy & Environment Legal Institute(E&E Legal) after repeated requests were filed by director David Schnare and executive director Craig Richardson under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

E&E Legal – which calls the agreement a “secrecy pact” – is challenging the coalition’s announced plan to take legal action against climate change “deniers” – including filing criminal charges.

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