Times Union | December 10, 2018 | Rachel Silberstein

In the latest effort to scuttle the state’s climate change litigation against ExxonMobil, the conservative-leaning Government Justice Center has filed a complaint with the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics accusing the attorney general’s office of misconduct.

The complaint criticizes Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s office for using a legal fellowship program financed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s foundation to aid in its “specious and speculative” litigation against fossil-fuel companies.

Underwood’s office is among nine attorneys general in the nation that work with attorneys provided by NYU School of Law’s State Energy and Environmental Impact Center, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies to supplement states’ efforts to fight federal roll-backs of environmental regulations and renewable energy policies.