Documents obtained by congressional investigators show that executives in the oil industry privately downplayed their companies’ messages about their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They were also found to weaken commitments to push for climate policies intentionally.
The documents were subpoenaed in a House investigation of climate disinformation. Exxon documents showed that they pressed a group called the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative to remove language from a 2019 statement that “could create a potential commitment to advocate on the Paris Agreement goals.” The final version of the statement did not mention the Paris agreement.
The subpoena asks for documents that relate to these companies’ role in climate change, their marketing and lobbying efforts on climate, and the funding of third parties accused of spreading climate disinformation, the New York Times reported. Some of the companies and organizations subpoenaed include Shell, Exxon Mobil, Chevron, BP, the American Petroleum Institute, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
In October 2020, at Royal Dutch Shell, an email was sent by an employee discussing the talking points for the president of Shell for the United States. The email said that the announcement of a pathway to “net zero” emissions had “nothing to do with our business plans.”
These, along with hundreds of thousands of other documents reviewed, show how the fossil fuel industry continuously misleads the public about its role in climate change. They continue to dismiss evidence that burning fossil fuels is driving an increase in global temperatures
Last year at a hearing, the industry executive said that they support a transition to clean energy and have denied that they have misled the public.
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