Energy In Depth: Attorneys General Drafted ‘Agreement’ to Keep #ExxonKnew Strategy Secret, Emails Show

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by Steve Everley
Energy In Depth

State officials in New York and Vermont strategized on how to avoid disclosing public documents relating to an investigation of ExxonMobil, according to newly released emails. The correspondence, first covered by Reuters, also shows the New York Office of the Attorney General instructing an environmental activist not to reveal details of a strategy meeting intended to broaden the campaign against Exxon.

Participants at the meeting included attorneys general from New York, Vermont, and 11 other states, as well as environmental lawyer Matthew Pawa and Peter Frumhoff from the Union of Concerned Scientists. According to other internal correspondence, participants in the meeting would coordinate talking points related to their current or future climate-related investigations, ahead of their press conference with Al Gore on March 29, 2016.

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