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9 AGs take on big energy.

U.S. attorneys general are taking on the energy industry over climate change. The top legal officers in 15 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands have formed a coalition called AGs United for Clean Power. The group's goal, says New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, is to investigate whether fossil fuel companies and industry groups misled investors and the public about the dangers of climate change. More than 40 states used a similar strategy in the 1990s to show Big Tobacco knew its products were addictive and carcinogenic but did not communicate those risks to smokers. The group's critics dismiss it as a disguised attempt to quash free speech and prosecute climate-change skeptics.

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Title Annotation:STATELINE; attorneys general
Publication:State Legislatures
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2016
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