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ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE: CLIMATE CHANGE DECEIT : ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE : CLIMATE CHANGE DENIAL : DISINFORMATION : UNITED STATES: POLITICS: POLITICAL PARTIES: REPUBLICAN PARTY, TEA PARTY : INDUSTRIES: PETROLEUM : LIBERTARIANISM : RACISM : BIGOTRY : EXTREMISM : HATE GROUPS : INTOLERANCE : DONALD TRUMP : BLATANT FALSEHOODS : SERIAL LIARS : REPUBLICAN WAR ON WOMEN : RAPE CULTURE : SEXISM : NEO-NAZIS : KU KLUX KLAN : RELIGION: CHRISTIANS: RELIGIOUS RIGHT : VIOLATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION : MEDIA SUPPRESSION : LEGAL ISSUES : REPUBLICAN OBAMACARE REPEAL : MEDIA : FREEDOM OF THE PRESS : CENSORSHIP : POLITICS: VOTER SUPPRESSION : DICTATORSHIPS : OLIGARCHIES : FAKE NEWS : KOCH BROTHERS : KOCH GROUPS: Pruitt Emails Reveal Communications with ALEC and Koch Groups

David Dillard
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ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE  : CLIMATE CHANGE DENIAL :

DISINFORMATION :

UNITED STATES: POLITICS: POLITICAL PARTIES: REPUBLICAN PARTY, TEA PARTY :

INDUSTRIES: PETROLEUM :

LIBERTARIANISM :

RACISM :

BIGOTRY :

EXTREMISM :

HATE GROUPS :

INTOLERANCE :

DONALD TRUMP :

BLATANT FALSEHOODS :

SERIAL LIARS :

REPUBLICAN WAR ON WOMEN :

RAPE CULTURE :

SEXISM :

NEO-NAZIS :

KU KLUX KLAN :

RELIGION: CHRISTIANS: RELIGIOUS RIGHT :

VIOLATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION :

MEDIA SUPPRESSION :

ENVIRONMENT:

LEGAL ISSUES :

REPUBLICAN OBAMACARE REPEAL :

MEDIA :

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS :

CENSORSHIP :

POLITICS: VOTER SUPPRESSION :

DICTATORSHIPS :

OLIGARCHIES:

FAKE NEWS :

KOCH BROTHERS :

KOCH GROUPS:

Pruitt Emails Reveal Communications with ALEC and Koch Groups

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Pruitt Emails Reveal Communications with ALEC and Koch Groups

Submitted by David Armiak

March 7, 2017 - 8:52am

PR Watch

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2017/03/13223/
pruitt-emails-reveal-communications-alec-and-kochs

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/lpbpmw7

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Emails released to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) reveal close
ties between Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, the Koch-funded
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and the fossil fuel
interests that fund ALEC, including the Kochs' Americans for Prosperity
Group.

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The emails were obtained after the Center for Media and Democracy filed an
open records lawsuit against Pruitt for his two-year-long failure to
respond to our open records requests for his email correspondence with
major fossil fuel corporations. The court ordered Pruitt to release
thousands of emails which are now online and available for public
inspection, but CMD is still in court seeking to obtain 1,600 pages
withheld and responses to eight additional open records requests.

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Pruitt an ALEC Alumnus Who Kept in Touch

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Pruitt was an Oklahoma state senator from 2002-2007. As a legislator,
Pruitt chaired the ALEC Civil Justice task force in 2003 and perhaps other
years. ALEC is a corporate bill mill where legislators and industry
lobbyists work together behind closed doors to draft industry-friendly
bills that are then introduced in state houses across the nation as
"innovative" public policy stripped of their industry origins.

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But Pruitt touted industry influence as a plus in an interview. "ALEC is
unique in the sense that it puts legislators and companies together and
they create policy collectively," Pruitt said.

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One cookie-cutter bill approved by ALEC's Civil Justice task force in
2003 was the Asbestos and Silica Claims Priorities Act. It is one of many
ALEC bills geared toward protecting the deadly asbestos industry and
companies that don't protect their workers from known asbestos or silica
hazards. The bill increases the burden on a person bringing a lawsuit
alleging an asbestos and silica-related injury.

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Asbestos-related diseases kill at least 10,000 Americans every year, in
many cases from mesothelioma, an incurable and painful cancer caused by
exposure to asbestos. For decades, asbestos was used for insulation and
industrial purposes, and the diseases particularly affect veterans,
firefighters, construction workers, and individuals who worked in
factories with high-heat machinery. In Wisconsin, veterans groups have
been some of the most vocal opponents of the legislation: veterans make up
just 8 percent of the population, but are 30 percent of mesothelioma
cases.

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Crystalline silica is also deadly. It can be found in sand, gravel, and
stone as well as sidewalks and building materials. Silica dust has been
classified as a human lung carcinogen and results in fatalities and
seriously disabling illnesses. According to OSHA, silica exposure "remains
a serious threat to nearly 2 million U.S. workers, including more than
100,000 workers in high risk jobs such as abrasive blasting, foundry work,
stonecutting, rock drilling, quarry work and tunneling." ALEC wants to
make it harder for injured workers or their families to seek compensation.

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Other bills approved by ALEC around that time include:

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Jury Patriotism Act (2002-2003)
Notice and Opportunity to Repair Act (2003-2004)
Drug and Alcohol Defense Act (2002-2003)
Constitutional Guidelines for Punitive Damages Act (2003)

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After Pruitt became attorney general, he stayed engaged with ALEC on
energy and environmental issues. ALEC is funded by a number of big
polluters including Devon Energy, Peabody Energy, Koch Industries, and
ExxonMobil. In 2014, the New York Times won a Pulitzer Prize after it
filed an open records request and exposed the fact that Pruitt received a
letter from Devon, put it on his state letterhead, and sent it to the EPA.
The Devon lobbyist lauded this move as "Outstanding!"

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A February 2013 email from Amy Anderson, the ALEC Civil Justice task force
staffer, asked for the AG's digital signature for an ALEC letter. Pruitt's
office zipped over the signature minutes later. The letter was not
disclosed. Another email from Anderson to Pruitt and others, provides
details of Pruitt's participation in an energy workshop at ALEC's May 2013
meeting. Included in the email was an invitation to "a reception on the
evening of the 3rd at the Petroleum Club." The Petroleum Club is a swank
private club for industry executives at the top of the Chase Tower in
downtown Oklahoma City. Anderson also requested Pruitt's attendance at a
luncheon sponsored by Koch Industries because it "would be delightful to
have our current legislative members benefit from his experience as a
former state legislator, an ALEC member and a now attorney general."

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Pruitt spoke at a December 2013 ALEC meeting on a panel called
"Embracing American Energy Opportunities: From Wellheads to Pipelines."
Now we know from the Pruitt emails that he was invited to speak at ALEC by
an industry lobbyist named Peter Glaser, a partner at the law firm
Troutman Sanders LLP. Glaser has represented Peabody Energy and other
energy companies fighting EPA efforts to address climate change.

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In 2014, Pruitt spoke at another ALEC meeting that was sponsored by
Peabody Energy, ExxonMobil, Chevron, and the American Coalition for Clean
Coal Electricity (ACCCE). During his speech about the President Obama
Clean Power Plan, Pruitt touted a line that polluting industries would
love: "Beyond the regional haze case, we have something on the horizon,
something more troubling. And that's the proposed rule under 111(d) with
respect to CO2 regulation. We have an EPA that is engaged in rulemaking,
proposed rulemaking, that seeks to exert itself in a way that the statute
doesn't authorize at all." Pruitt would join a group of states in a legal
attack on the Clean Power Plan, a historic effort to rein in power-plant
pollution by one-third over a span of years.

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Keeping Up with the Kochs as Oklahoma Attorney General

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The stack of Pruitt emails received by CMD reveal email exchanges between
Aaron Cooper, Director of Public Affairs for the attorney general's office
and Matt Ball, Oklahoma State Director for Americans for Prosperity (AFP),
the right-wing political advocacy arm of the Koch political empire.

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July 2013 emails show Ball organizing an August 22 event featuring Pruitt,
Sen. James Lankford (OK-R), and William Yeatman, a senior fellow at the
Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Both Lankford and CEI have
received Koch funding. In organizing the event, Ball helpfully instructs
the AG's staff on what he wants Pruitt to say,

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"Frankly, I just assume the AG and Lankford talk sue and settle, how the
EPA is deploying these tactics and what their respective offices have done
on oversight and litigation, and let Yeatman from CEI give an objective
analysis of costs to ratepayers from revised state implementation plan on
regional haze (which includes the PSO rate increase). That way you guys
don't have to deliver those messages and can focus on what the AG does
best, opposing the Obama administration and its nasty tactics on the
environment." Industry groups and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce claim that
agencies like EPA are "regulating" outside the normal rule making process
when they are sued by environmentalist groups, like Greenpeace and Sierra
Club, for not following the law and then settle those lawsuits in legally
binding, court ordered agreements without inviting states or industry to
participate.

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The cozy relationship between Pruitt, the Kochs, ALEC crew, and the big
polluters who fund ALEC will no doubt continue as Pruitt begins to
dismantle the EPA.

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Upon his appointment ALEC released a statement lauding Pruitt and claiming
that Trump has "found just the right person to bring fresh leadership and
much-needed reform to an agency currently out of control. Anyone who
values striking a balance between sensible environmental regulations and
the rule of law should delight in Pruitt's appointment."

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While the corporate-fueled ALEC may be delighted, Americans concerned
about the future of America's lakes, bays, rivers, and more find Pruitt's
close relationship with polluters not very charming.



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