by Chris Horner E&E Legal Senior Legal Fellow
as Appearing in Investor’s Business Daily
When New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced his plan to investigate “the fossil fuel industry and their allies” for, among other things, “misleading” investors on climate change, he called it “an unprecedented coalition of top law enforcement officials committed to aggressively protecting and building upon the recent progress the United States has made in combating climate change.” He even recruited Al Gore as the headliner at the March 29th event.
What Schneiderman was leading is indeed unprecedented, in its abuse of power. But it turns out that the breast-beating about his coalition was vintage Schneiderman overreach, of precisely the sort that has sent those other AGs scurrying.
A new batch of emails obtained under state open records laws shows that the 17 AGs in Schneiderman’s “climate coalition” immediately began distancing themselves from his climate investigations. One AG’s office fretted that Schneiderman was a “wild card,” while others asked him to tone down his claims.