Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Coal and electric dollars fuel fight by Rutledge and other A.G.'s against clean air

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click to enlarge COZY WITH POLLUTERS: Leslie Rutledge met with coal and power officials a week before joining with other Republicans in suit to fight rule to clean air of greenhouse gases.
  • COZY WITH POLLUTERS: Leslie Rutledge met with coal and power officials a week before joining with other Republicans in suit to fight rule to clean air of greenhouse gases.
I've written before about the strong financial ties between air polluters and Republican candidates for attorney general, including Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

Here's new material in Think Progress about meetings between coal and electric power officials and state attorneys general a week before nearly all of them, including Rutledge, joined in suing the federal government over EPA efforts to reduce smokestack pollution, the so-called Clean Power Plan.

Coal company Murray Energy and electricity giant Southern Company, which owns several southeastern utilities and a number of natural gas companies, held private meetings with attorneys general at the Republican Attorneys General Association’s annual summit in West Virginia in August 2015. The meetings cost up to $125,000 per company, according to the Center for Media and Democracy, which uncovered the documents.

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“State attorneys general are supposed to enforce the law and serve the public interest, but instead these Republican officials have hung a ‘For Sale’ sign on their door, and the fossil fuel industry proved to be the highest bidder,” Nick Surgey, research director for the watchdog group, said in a statement.
People like Rutledge probably didn't need much spinning, but the session also provided some educational topics. 

According to the documents, released this week, the 2015 meeting also featured a panel presentation titled “The Dangerous Consequences of the Clean Power Plan & Other EPA Rules.” Speakers included Mike Duncan, President of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, Geoffrey Barnes, a lawyer for Murray Energy, and Republican attorneys general Scott Pruitt (OK), Patrick Morrisey (WV), and Ken Paxton (TX).

“Together, these documents reveal a sustained pattern of collusion between the fossil fuel industry and the Republican attorneys general on climate change obstructionism,” Surgey said.
As noted, Rutledge joined in the suit a week after the confab with polluters.

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