States Announce a New Coalition to ‘Fight for Climate Change Progress’

Over a dozen of the nation’s top law enforcement officials have come together to curb greenhouse gas pollution, advance clean energy, and pursue joint investigations into whether the fossil fuel industry and its allies committed crimes by lying to investors and the public about climate change.

“In face of gridlock in Washington, we’re stepping into this breach,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, flanked by former Vice President Al Gore and a half dozen colleagues, as he announced the new coalition of state attorneys general at a press conference Tuesday.
“In my view, there’s nothing we need to worry about more than climate change,” added Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. “It’s incredibly serious when you think about the human and economic consequences.”

The coalition also includes attorneys general from California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, the Virgin Islands, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington.

The group will collaborate on legal efforts to “deal with climate change,” Schneiderman said, by finding “creative ways to enforce laws being flouted by fossil fuel companies and their allies for the sake of short-term profits,” as well as backing federal policies that seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the use of renewable energy.

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