Washington Examiner reports on a letter that reveals the intent behind the intimidation campaign to silence the debate on climate change, such as CEI's subpoena.
The Energy and Environment Legal Institute released a letter sent by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller that showed that influencing federal environmental regulations was top of mind for the organizers of the attorneys general.
The goal of the group is "to highlight the importance of climate change to the citizens of our states, our work defending Clean Power Plan … and the formation of an Attorneys General climate change and energy coalition committed to working together to take effective investigative and legal steps to address the risks that climate change poses to all of our citizens," the letter states.
Eventually, 17 Democratic attorneys general joined together to use the powers of their offices to investigate oil companies and their affiliated interest groups.
Walker subpoenaed Exxon Mobil and the Competitive Enterprise Institute to find out what the company and the group knew about the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on climate change. Following intense blowback amid accusations of trying to criminalize free speech, Walker eventually withdrew the subpoenas.
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