New York University is using a $6 million grant from former Mayor Michael Bloomberg to create a center helping state attorneys general target the Trump administration’s climate policies.
The grant will go toward the State Energy and Environmental Impact Center, which will escalate attacks against President Donald Trump’s decision to eliminate several of his predecessor’s climate regulations. Bloomberg’s charity, Bloomberg Philanthropies, has shoveled millions of dollars into various environmental concerns targeting coal production.
“Every day there’s something that goes on that endangers the health and safety of Americans,” Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said in a statement Wednesday night. “Attorneys general don’t begin to have the resources to meet these challenges.”
NYU’s new center will provide AGs with legal services and the money required to pay down court costs on renewable energy, climate and environmental issues. It will also sponsor 10 attorneys on fellowships who will work inside different attorneys general offices.
The center’s services are open to all AGs, but Democrats such as NY AG Eric Schneiderman, California’s Xavier Becerra, and Frosh, will likely be the lone recipients, because they have indicated a willingness to drown the president in lawsuits over his climate policies.
Schneiderman, for instance, has spearheaded more than half a dozen lawsuits defending the Obama-era rule limiting greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. He has also engaged in a year-long investigation into ExxonMobil’s climate record, which managed to rope in Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
“There may be no better example of how the Trump administration is quickly and quietly trying to deregulate, defund, and destabilize our basic regulatory infrastructure than environmental policy,” Schneiderman said in a statement Wednesday.
Schneiderman hired prosecutor Howard Master in March who served under a terminated Obama-era U.S. attorney to focus on corruption cases involving the Trump administration, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year. Master’s primary responsibility will be to investigate and possibly prosecute the Trump administration for possible civil rights abuses.
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