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30 Mar 2016

Ramon Taylor, Voice of America (USA)

USA: 15 state attorneys general & former Vice President Al Gore launch coalition to address companies' role in climate change

"US States Form Coalition to Combat Climate Change, Fraud"

Top law enforcement officials from states around the nation have banded together to protect progress on climate change by taking on the fossil fuel industry...Democratic attorneys general from 15 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands joined with former Vice President Al Gore, who praised a "first-of-its-kind" joint effort to reduce carbon emissions, hold polluters accountable for fraudulent claims, and defend the Environmental Protection Agency's "Clean Power Plan"  against legal challenges...The participating states are looking at working together on key initiatives related to climate change, including investigations into whether fossil fuel companies misled the public on the impact of climate change...[ExxonMobil] told the public for years that there were no competent models ... to project climate patterns, including those in the Arctic," Schneiderman [New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman] said... [and] we know that they paid millions of dollars to support organizations that put out propaganda denying that we can predict or measure the effects of fossil fuel on our climate."...[The] coalition's priority to do something transformational and end its residents' reliance on fossil fuels once and for all.