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Democrats call on oil companies to testify on climate disinformation

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Democrats call on oil companies to testify on climate disinformation

KEY POINTS
  • The committee called on top executives at ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, Shell and lobbying groups American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to testify before Congress next month.
  • The committee also requested documents on the reported role of the oil and gas industry in a long-term campaign to spread climate disinformation and undermine climate policy.

The House Oversight Committee on Thursday expanded its investigation into the fossil fuel industry’s involvement in spreading disinformation about the role fossil fuels play in causing climate change.

Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and Subcommittee on the Environment Chairman Ro Khanna, D-Calif., called on top executives at ExxonMobilBPChevron, Shell and lobbying groups American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to testify before Congress next month.

Oil and gas companies have faced a slew of lawsuits from cities and states across the U.S. over their investments in campaigns to undermine climate policy and downplay the impact of burning fossil fuels on global warming.

The five-biggest publicly traded oil and gas companies — Exxon, Shell, Chevron, BP and Total — spent $1 billion to promote misleading climate-related branding and lobbying between 2015 and 2018, according to a report from climate lobbying group InfluenceMap that the committee cites in its letter.

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