NGO Letter of Support to State Attorneys General

The letter:

Thanks to the Pulitzer Prize-nominated investigations by the Los Angeles Times and InsideClimate News, the public now knows that fossil fuel companies like Exxon knew about the consequences of burning fossil fuels and climate change for nearly half a century. Instead of sounding the alarm however, these companies spent decades and millions of dollars distorting the truth.

The dire climate warnings Exxon ignored and denied have come to be. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) once again declared the past year to be the hottest year in recorded history As a result, NOAA says the United States faced extreme drought, flooding, wildfires, and severe storms which killed 155 people and are estimated to have caused more than $1 billion in economic losses in 2015 alone. Not to mention the thousands of families who had to start over after losing their homes, businesses, or both.

The corporate greed and climate denial by fossil fuel companies has cost the world a generation of opportunity to change course and address what Exxon’s own scientists called the “catastrophic” consequences of climate change.

The undersigned organizations firmly support U.S. state attorneys general for investigating corporations like Exxon for their possible past and ongoing climate fraud that is destroying our planet.

The signers:

Greenpeace USA
Corporate Accountability International
Public Citizen
Climate Hawks Vote
Franciscan Action Network
Environmental Action
Government Accountability Project
Sierra Club
Environment America
NextGen Climate

Additional resources:

#ExxonKnew Editorials

LA Times – House GOP members pursue an objectionable defense of fossil fuels

Boston Globe – Congressional bullying on behalf of Big Oil

Washington Post – Exxon-Mobil is abusing the first amendment

Alaska Dispatch-News – If Alaska has shifted policy on global warming, good

San Antonio Express-News – Irony in Smith’s latest subpoenas


Essential #ExxonKnew Investigation News Articles

Bloomberg – Can ExxonMobil Be Found Liable for Misleading the Public on Climate Change?

Huffington Post – House Republicans Will Investigate Their Ability To Investigate Investigations

New York Times – Exxon Mobil Fraud Inquiry Said to Focus More on Future Than Past


Policy Papers

Massachusetts AG Subpoena Response

New York AG Subpoena Response

Abrams Institute at Yale Law School Letter Objects to Science Advocacy Organization Subpoenas