Stenehjem Joins North Dakota to Group of 13 States Threatening to Sue California Over Coal Divestment Initiative

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem asks for the NDGOP endorsement for governor during the during the NDGOP convention Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

UPDATE: ND Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread has signed on to a similar effort opposing California’s push. You can read his press release here, and the letter here.

In California, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has begun what he’s calling the Climate Risk Carbon Initiative. Arguing that because of climate change investments in fossil fuel energy production are endangered, he’s pushing to force insurance companies to disclose those investments.

Of course, once they disclose, they can then come under pressure to divest from fossil fuel endeavors by bullying left wing activists.

But a group of thirteen Attorneys General, led by Oklahoma’s Mike Hunter, is warning Jones in a letter that they may sue if the initiative continues. North Dakota’s Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is one of the signatories.

Here’s how the AG’s describe what California is doing in their letter to Jones (see it in full below):

They go on to note that, while Jones claims that investments in fossil fuel companies are risky, he does not raise similar concerns over investments in green energy companies which have a rather lengthy track record of failing:

Finally, they warn that California is probably violating the commerce clause of the Constitution, arguing that Jones’ actions aren’t intended to regulate the insurance industry in California but rather to diminish capital available for fossil fuel energy development nationally. Remember that it’s Congress, not any state, which is granted the authority to regulate interstate commerce.

Here’s the full letter:

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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