That Time AFP Tried To Sue New York Over GOP Gov. George Pataki’s Climate Change Initiative

This week, as the White House rolled out new carbon emissions standards to address climate change, the Albany Times Union ran this article: New York has a leg up on federal greenhouse gas proposal.

The Times Union explained that New York was well-positioned to comply with the new standards because it had already instituted a program aimed at limiting emissions. The program, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, was “spearheaded by former GOP Gov. George Pataki” according to the article.

Then, this tidbit:

Last year, a court rejected an effort to force the state to abandon RGGI by a group tied to conservative Kansas petrochemical billionaires who fund campaigns to deny climate change. The lawsuit had been filed by the Buffalo leader of Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political action group supported by oilmen David and Charles Koch that is linked to the tea party movement.

Notable if not surprising–a classic Koch/AFP move, really. An initiative is implemented to help address climate change, and AFP tries to kill it. It’s the same motivation for every Koch endeavor: to protect the massive profits of big oil companies like Koch industries at any cost.

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