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N.H. only New England state not on coalition to combat climate change

  • FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. A global health commission organized by the prestigious British medical journal Lancet recommended in a report published Monday, June 22, 2015, substituting cleaner energy worldwide for coal will reduce air pollution and give Earth a better chance at avoiding dangerous climate change. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File) Jim Cole

Monitor staff
Published: 4/7/2016 5:33:03 PM

Seventeen state attorneys general from across the country unveiled a coalition in New York last month aimed at combating climate change.

New Hampshire was the only New England state missing from the list.

“Disappointed that NH is the only New England state not in this group,” Warner Rep. Clyde Carson, a Democrat, posted on social media.

The campaign, known as AGs United for Clean Power, will investigate whether “fossil fuel companies misled investors and the public on the impact of climate change on their businesses,” according to a press release from the Vermont attorney general’s office.

Attorneys general in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Massachusetts are already looking into whether Exxon Mobil deceived the public or shareholders about the effects of climate change, joining similar inquiries launched by New York and California.

The coalition includes California, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico and Virginia, among others. Sixteen of the attorneys general are Democrats, and one is an independent, according to The American Genius, a news website.

The Granite State isn’t in the group.

While New Hampshire works with other states on climate change legal matters, the attorney general’s office typically avoids joining coalitions outside of actual litigation, said Allen Brooks, senior assistant attorney general.

The New Hampshire attorney general joined 24 states, cities and counties last year to file a motion in defense of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon emissions nationwide.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story. Allie Morris can be reached at 369-3307 or at amorris@cmonitor.com.)

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