The emails and notes, which were obtained via public records requests, come from a two-day meeting in July 2019 hosted by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), a sister organization to the Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF). The meeting, which took place at the Rockefeller family mansion at Pocantico, NY, was titled “Accelerating State Action on Climate Change.” In attendance were senior political appointees from fifteen states, including those where a handful of municipalities have either sued energy producers or announced they intend to sue for climate change damages.
Both RBF and RFF have been intimately involved in climate litigation targeting energy companies across the country for years. For example, in January, an Energy In Depth analysis of New York state tax disclosures found that RFF gave the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD) over $1 million to launch an aggressive climate litigation campaign against America’s top energy producers.
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