by Bonner Cohen
Senior Fellow, National Center for Public Policy Research
E-mails uncovered by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (EELI) show several state attorneys general (AGs) who have threatened possible prosecution of climate skeptics had collaborated in previous months with anti-fossil-fuel lobbyists to shape their legal and public relations strategies.
At a March 29 press conference hosted by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore participating, a coalition of 16 Democratic attorneys general and Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude E. Walker, an independent, announced they were actively considering legal action against companies, organizations, and individuals who have challenged the claim humans have caused climate change.
Just two hours prior to the press conference, the attorneys general received a secret briefing from Peter Frumhoff, director of science and policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and Matt Pawa, an environmental attorney for the Climate Accountability Institute (CAI). The briefing, in part, offered talking points to the AGs.