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.
Corporate Accountability International
Climate Hawks Vote
Franciscan Action Network
Government Accountability Project