by Chris White
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has apparently not officially communicated with California about an ongoing probe targeting ExxonMobil, according to an email his office sent to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
California’s AG office has toyed with the media for nearly a year about the possibility of joining the years-long investigation into Exxon’s climate record. The admission also comes despite months of media coverage heavily implying Schneiderman is working to recruit California to join his probe.
“Please be advised that the Office of the Attorney General has conducted a diligent search and has located no records that respond to your request,” New York Assistant AG Michael Jerry wrote in a Dec. 29 email responding to a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request TheDCNF made last year. Schneiderman’s office of public records has not responded to requests for further explanation.
TheDCNF filed the FOIL in July 2017 “requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of email communications” or documents between Schneiderman and California AG Xavier Becerra pertaining to the “Exxon Mobil climate probe.” The request asked for any communication between March 2013 and June 27, 2017…
Some of the attorneys general who considered opening probes have done the same. In one batch of emails obtained in 2016 by conservative group E&E Legal, Scot Kline from the Vermont AG’s office asks Schneiderman’s office in March 2016 to make a series of corrections regarding their March 29 press conference with Al Gore:
“On the ‘Exxon/Fossil Fuel Company Investigations’ can we drop the word ‘investigations’ from that so it would just be ‘Exxon/Fossil Fuel Companies’ working group. Not all of the states have yet opened a formal investigation and there is some sensitivity here (and I suspect in some other states) to saying or indicating that we have.”