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NY AG Eric Schneiderman resignation deals severe blow to climate camp

by John Siciliano
| May 08, 2018

The resignation of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a stalwart in suing oil companies and President Trump over climate change, deals a blow to the environmental front he led.

Schneiderman led a coalition of Democratic state attorneys general opposing the Trump administration’s deregulation agenda, especially the Paris climate change agreement.

He was the leader of a push to hold Exxon Mobil accountable for the effects of climate change through a multi-year investigation based on news accounts that the oil company suppressed its own internal findings on the risks from global warming.

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Last month, he led 15 attorneys general in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to issue regulations for cutting emissions of methane, a potent but short-lived greenhouse gas, from fracking operations.