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Documents Illuminate AGs Politicized Climate Campaign Against Exxon
by Chris Horner, Senior Legal Fellow, as appearing in RealClear Energy

On Oct. 13, a federal court in Ft. Worth, Texas ruled that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is subject to legal “discovery” by ExxonMobil. This turns the tables on the Attorney General (AG), who had demanded the company’s records as part of an investigation into whether public statements about climate change and related policies rise to the level of lawbreaking. Key to this ruling was Healey’s words and deeds as part of a “climate change and energy coalition” of state Attorneys General.

The Biggest Loser In The 2016 Election? Tom Steyer
by Craig Richardson, Executive Director, as appearing in Investor’s Business Daily

Billionaire Tom Steyer vowed to make climate change a major issue in the 2016 election. His plan was to link arms with the AFL-CIO to mobilize the Democratic base and recruit Millennial voters to rise up to defeat Donald Trump and put Hillary Clinton in the White House. He failed abysmally on every count.

When It Comes To Environmental Extremism, Anything Goes
by David Schnare, General Counsel, as appearing in the Daily Caller

The so called “green energy” movement is sinking to a new low in its fanatical mission to eradicate the use of fossil fuels in America. Two examples of this obsessive hostility and deception reveal just how far “green” activists are willing to go to advance their agenda.

When Attorneys General from seventeen states chose to band together in a political crusade to “investigate” and threaten to prosecute those who disagree with their climate change agenda, E&E Legal decided to pull back the curtains to expose what the states were really looking for, and what might have spurred these investigations, which trample the First Amendment rights of dissenting scientists and policy researchers.  We submitted requests under various transparency laws in dozens of states, seeking correspondence between the involved states, as well as certain activist groups like the Democratic Attorneys General Association.

Greens’ ‘Rich Uncle’ Buys Poverty for Others
by Craig Richardson, Executive Director, as appearing in InsideSources

One name surfaces again and again in WikiLeaks’ email to expose the corrosive influence of the Greens’ “rich uncle,” hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer. The eye-opening leaks show a pattern of Steyer wielding his fortune to bend Democratic politics in pursuit of his personal green energy agenda.

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