New York Attorney General Ordered to Release Climate-Change Pact
National Review reports on CEI's victory in their case against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Last week, New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman and “Green 20” — an attorney-general-led coalition seeking to limit climate change — received yet another blow to their ongoing legal crusade against ExxonMobil when New York acting supreme court justice Henry Zwack ruled in favor of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a free-market think tank that has received funding from ExxonMobil. As a result of the ruling,
Schneiderman must comply with CEI’s FOIA request for the common-interest agreements made between his office and other state attorneys general, as well as his agreements with environmental activists. CEI believes that its FOIA request will reveal evidence that the lawsuit is politically motivated. (Just days before Zwack’s ruling, U.S. district judge Ed Kinkeade expressed concern to this effect, and ordered Healey — and, potentially, Schneiderman — to testify in Dallas on December 13.)
In his ruling, Zwack declared that Schneiderman’s denial of CEI’s request represented “nothing more than a parroting of statutory language,” a regurgitation of the law’s essential terms rather than a tailored explanation of his reasoning. CEI’s general counsel Sam Kazman praised this development. “While the campaign by him [Schneiderman] and his cohorts [Green 20] that began in March continues against those who disagree with him on global warming,” Kazman explained in a press release, “we are glad to see that it is being held subject to the basic laws of the land.”
Read the full article at National Review.