None other than the “lawyers advising the Rockefeller family fund” — as the Center for Climate Integrity (CCI) is known among its colleagues in the climate litigation industry — announced on social media Tuesday that New Jersey has become the latest state to file the lawsuits CCI is revealed to have pitched to governments.
CLW readers recall how documents obtained by Energy Policy Advocates under Minnesota’s open records law laid these machinations out in detail, as set forth in this report.
Emails released to Energy Policy Advocates by NJ’s OAG some time ago showed CCI’s Judith Enck keeping an Aaron Kleinbaum, Assistant Attorney General for Environmental Enforcement and Environmental Justice, updated on its advocacy. Enck, a veteran New York green-group activist, also makes numerous appearances in said report, including notably as a ghost co-author of a “legal memorandum” placed on University of Minnesota Law School letterhead and provided to AG Keith Ellison, serving as the basis for his own, CCI-pitched suit.
The emails show that Kleinbaum — who also came to his position from an environmentalist pressure group — in turn initiated discussions within NJ OAG.
Look for more on this in coming months.
UPDATE: Some New Jersey DEP docs on the same topic here, h/t Energy Policy Advocates.