by Jack Fitzpatrick
Morning Consult

A right-leaning group involved in the legal battle over 17 states’ and territories’ investigations into Exxon Mobil Corp. obtained a legal agreement between the state attorneys general. According to the Energy and Environment Legal Institute, the agreement broadly conceals communications between the states in order to subvert public records laws.

The institute obtained a “common interest agreement” between the states, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, that are investigating Exxon over whether it misled the public about how much it knew about climate change.

Conservative groups have suspected for some time that left-leaning environmental groups have been helping the states in the investigation, which isn’t illegal. But, they argue, the public should know that green groups are part of the effort.

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