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Climate of silence: ‘Secret pact’

Those progressive attorneys general targeting skeptics of man-made climate change are, themselves, the subject of controversy over a “secret pact,” which has led to open-records lawsuits against some of them.

The Energy and Environment Legal Institute and Free Market Environmental Law Clinic are suing the office of Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to release records relating to an agreement to shield certain information by the AGs United for Clean Power. Lawsuits also have been filed against AGs in New York and Vermont.

Mr. Kilmartin’s representative, along with reps for 16 other AGs, signed off on a “Climate Change Conference Common Interest Agreement,” under which the AGs acknowledge “common legal interests” regarding climate change and agree not to disclose certain information, according to The Daily Signal.

Kilmartin’s office dismisses the lawsuit as a “politically motivated filing.” The Energy and Environment Legal Institute says otherwise: The common interest agreement was “clearly drafted to obstruct open-records requests while these AGs carried out a political campaign against their critics.”

As such, the agreement is not privileged. But aside from any open-record violations is the cost of renewable energy mandates for states represented by the crusading AGs.

If everything’s above board, then the attorneys general should have nothing to hide.


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