A government watchdog group has released a copy of the “secret pact” Democratic attorneys general signed to block government records requests for documents regarding ongoing investigations into global warming skeptics.
The Energy & Environmental Legal Institute (EELI) has released the “Common Interest Agreement” that 17 mostly Democratic AGs signed in order to prevent government records requests into ongoing investigations into ExxonMobil’s global warming stance. Those probes have also ensnared dozens of free market think tanks and scientists who oppose stringent climate regulations.
“It’s baffling that these AGs feel they can trample on their own states’ public records laws,” David Schnare, EELI’s general counsel, said in a statement.
EELI has been locked in litigation with Democratic AGs offices for months in order to obtain records regarding the Exxon probes. AGs held an event in March where they promised to protect Obama administration global warming rules and investigate fossil fuel companies allegedly misleading the public or shareholders on global warming.
“If they truly believe that they are engaged in anything other than a purely political campaign, they should have no problem explaining to the public what they are doing and subjecting their activities to the scrutiny their legislatures demanded,” Schnare said.