Energy & Environment Legal Institute

The Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) is a coal funded non-profit think tank [formerly the American Tradition Institute (ATI)] that engages in litigation and policy research to “hold accountable those who seek destructive government regulation that’s based on agenda-driven policy making, junk science, and hysteria.” The coal funding is revealed in documents filed as part of bankruptcy process by both Arch Coal and Alpha Natural Resources, two of the largest coal producers in the country.

E&E Legal’s website at one time stated it “is part of a broader network of groups with close ties to energy interests that have long fought greenhouse gas regulation,” although that text has now been removed.

E&E Legal’s senior leadership has ties to fossil fuel interests as well: David Schnare, a fossil fuel-funded pundit with connections to the Heartland Institute, State Policy Network, and other front groups; and Chris Horner, a fossil fuel-funded climate denier who works at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The Competitive Enterprise Institute is an advocacy group with ties to tobacco and global warming disinformation campaigns, and that has also been subpoenaed by the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The island territory is demanding to see records of the group’s donors and activities involving climate policy since the attorney general is looking into the actions of ExxonMobil’s undermining of the scientific concerns of climate change science.

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