New York AG Champions ‘Progressive Federalism’ To Attack Trump’s Climate Agenda

Schneiderman at lectern as Al Gore looks on proudly.

One of the attorneys general investigating the Trump administration suggested Tuesday that activists use a state’s rights tactic to attack the president’s climate agenda.

America’s federalist system gives liberals and environmental activists the tools needed to clobber President Donald Trump’s agenda, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The Democratic lawman, who frequently paints himself as Trump’s biggest opponent, used the term “progressive federalism” to describe his re-branding of states’ rights.

“With the new administration, clearly in the pockets of the fossil fuel industry, the chemical industry and others …. it’s very important to recognize the brilliance of our federal system that there is this second tier of protection at the state level,” he told an audience Tuesday at a conference discussing climate litigation in the age of Trump.

“It’s going to take a different kind of coalition” to defeat the Trump administration’s mission to derail former President Barack Obama’s environmental policies, Schneiderman said.

“State attorneys general are at the core of state resistance,” he added.

Democratic attorney generals (AGs) Brian Frosh and Lisa Madigan, of Maryland and Illinois, respectively, joined Schneiderman at the panel discussion, which took place at the Institute for Policy Integrity’s conference in New York.

The AGs were at the discussion partially to commemorate a $6 million grant former Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave to New York University earlier this year to create the State Energy and Environmental Impact Center, which is geared around helping target the Trump administration’s climate policies.

New York University’s new center will provide AGs with legal services and the money required to pay down court costs on renewable energy, climate, and environmental issues. It will also sponsor 10 attorneys on fellowships who will work inside different attorneys general offices.

The center’s services are open to all state AGs, but Schneiderman, California’s Xavier Becerra, and Frosh willingness to drown the president in lawsuits over his climate policies will be the chief recipients of Bloomberg’s grant.

Schneiderman, for instance, has spearheaded more than half a dozen lawsuits defending the Obama-era rule limiting greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. He has also engaged in a year-long investigation into ExxonMobil’s climate record, which managed to rope in Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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    JayPee

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    Sch-night-ur-mahh’n
    A rebel without a cause
    Gleefully arrogating unto himself authority he doesn’t have
    Using an artificial construct to
    Advance his overreach
    How much is he paid by Gyorgy Schwantz
    How much does Al Ghore intend to skim off
    How come there are no investigations of THESE
    Crooked Pigs ?

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Who are these AG working for who’s payroll are they on? It seams to me that they themselves could use a little investigation on who is paying their salery

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    Amber

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    NY should not be paying to have a lobbyist on their payroll .
    Tillerson is ex Exxon and pro carbon taxes . Theoil companies know how elastic demand is so they could care less if they collect another tax . It will have virtually no impact on demand till it gets to the point where politicians start getting fired . That’s the natural cap .
    Governments know the transition of the worker bee’s to retirement is going to cut their tax take by at least 30% because not only incomes fall limited pensions will force people to dramatically cut spending so consumption taxes will tank .
    The notion carbon taxes will cure the “earth’s fever” is utter BS .
    it’s purely a new tax to replace the ones the government have relied on to spend like drunken sailors .
    If interest rates went to 4 % almost 100% of Japans tax revenue would go to pay the interest on the countries debt . Other countries are not far behind . The failed attempt to punt USA health care
    to individual States is further recognition the FED’s are up against a wall .
    Is Schneiderman in some industries pocket ? Hmm I wonder .
    A picture is worth a thousand words .

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    GR82DRV

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    Schneiderman can be a full-time socialist activist on his own time, but expecting the taxpayers of New York to pay for HIS politics is simply CORRUPT. He has totally abrogated his responsibilities as AG and sold out to a political cause. Why does this guy, with all his N.Y. liberal arrogance, remind me so much of Anthony Weiner, (AKA, Carlos Danger)?…

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    David Lewis

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    We need to keep in mind that these AG’s are suing to retain for what is in many cases illegal over reaches of Obama. For them anything is okay to reach their agenda.

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    G

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    These AGs are nothing but two-bit hustlers, willing to do anything for their political cause. They intentionally bring unconstitutional lawsuits that are tailor-made for left-wing media consumption. Then they shop for left-activist judges who will kite the suits as long as possible before they crash, repeating the process if necessary to delay justice for months or years at a time.

    Justice delayed is justice denied.

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