Blockbuster investigative reporting last fall uncovered that Exxon knew about climate change way back in the 1970s, but failed to disclose the warnings to the public, and in fact went on to spend millions funding a network of climate science-denying think tanks, organizations and politicians. (1, 2)
The award-winning journalism exposed that Exxon’s own in-house scientists were telling the company that burning fossil fuels was “potentially catastrophic,” yet Exxon hid these findings, and even worse worked for decades afterwards to cloud and discredit them.
Had we fully realized the true threat of climate change decades ago, we could have begun acting sooner to solve this planetary crisis.
We must take action now to hold Exxon accountable for its climate fraud. Just as Attorneys General in the states joined together to expose Big Tobacco’s lies, we must now build a coalition of states to take on Big Oil.
The Attorneys General of New York and California have already launched investigations into Exxon, and were just joined by Massachusetts and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A group of 17 State Attorneys General recently announced a multi-state effort to “explore working together on key climate change-related initiatives, such as ongoing and potential investigations into whether fossil fuel companies misled investors and the public on the impact of climate change on their businesses.”(3)
1. “Exxon: The Road Not Taken,” InsideClimate News, 9/16/15.
2. “What Exxon knew about the Earth’s melting Arctic,” Los Angeles Times, 10/9/15.
3. “State Investigations Into What Exxon Knew Double,” DeSmog, 4/1/16.