The green lawyer racket

  • 11 June 2019
  • NormanL

With many of the Democratic presidential candidates pushing for an expensive "green new deal" to fight global warming, it's worth remembering climate alarmists have been very active at the state level, using tools and means that have raised serious ethics questions. Among the most troubling: the use of special, privately funded, assistant attorneys general to pursue legal action against alleged climate wrongdoing. Consider this example from Massachusetts:

Right now, there are two lawyers working in Healy’s office as “Special Assistant Attorneys General,” with all the power that confers. But they’re not working for we, the people. Instead, their employer — the guy who writes their paychecks — is a private citizen. And his name is Michael Bloomberg.

They’re working cases in Boston, but they’re getting paid out of New York City.

What the what, you ask? It’s called the State Energy and Environmental Impact Center and since 2017, they’ve been putting private attorneys, paid for with private, green-activist dollars, inside Democrat-controlled state attorneys general offices around the country. Their stated goal is “advancing progressive clean energy, climate change, and environmental legal positions.”

Michael Bloomberg started the project with a $6 million check and — shocker! — these lawyers are using our public AG’s office to promote Bloomberg’s green political agenda.

We've no problem with Mr. Bloomberg spending his money. But spending it to engage the power of the state to punish certain individuals and corporations? That's troubling, indeed:

Massachusetts is one of just nine states where Bloomberg and his green-activist allies are buying their way into the prosecutors’ office. In Virginia, the state legislature shut it down. In Oregon, a legislative analysis found “this arrangement does not comply with” Oregon laws.

And in Massachusetts? Nothing. Radio silence. No complaint from Common Cause, no criticism from the legislators who are supposed to check and balance officials like Healey.

Why? Because they’re all on the same team. They share Healey’s climate agenda.

But imagine for a moment a pro-life attorney general with lawyers funded by the Catholic Church? Or a pro-Second-Amendment AG with two NRA-funded lawyers in the office.

Would Common Cause still be silent? Would the Boston Globe-Democrat shrug off the story? Yeah, right.

Honest public sector watchdogs would be as gressively questionsing this practice as conservatives. That they aren't speaks volumes. That at least one state has pointedly barred the practive of taking Mr. Bloomberg's money to fund such legal gymnastics is laudable. Not surprisingly, Republicans control both chambers of Virginia's General Assembly.