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Activists Convinced Minnesota Attorney General To File Climate Lawsuit

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A Minnesota activist group completely blew the cover of the entire climate litigation campaign by acknowledging how closely private individuals and organizations have coordinated with state attorneys general to promote lawsuits against fossil fuel companies.

For years, these activists have operated mostly in the shadows, attempting to shield their conversations and connections with government officials from public view.

So, it came as a surprise that during a webinar that was available for anyone to watch, the leader of Minnesota-based activist group Fresh Energy acknowledged to the entire world that his organization teamed up with Washington, D.C.-based Center for Climate Integrity to personally pitch Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to file a climate lawsuit, which he did against ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute, and Koch Industries in June 2020.

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