Sarbanes Follows the Money Behind Big Oil’s Disinformation Campaign [VIDEO]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today called on top executives from Chevron, BP, ExxonMobil, Shell and the American Petroleum Institute to take accountability for using disinformation about the role of the fossil fuel industry in the global climate crisis.
In a Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee hearing, “Fueling the Climate Crisis: Exposing Big Oil’s Disinformation to Prevent Climate Action,” Congressman Sarbanes pointed out that each of the fossil fuel companies have been deceiving the American people about their true intentions. Despite their rhetoric in support of climate policies – like the Paris Climate Agreement – fossil fuel companies have not made meaningful efforts to support policies to address environmental concerns. Instead, they have attempted to greenwash their activities while using their influence to advance corporate tax cuts and incentives and avoid taking necessary steps to curb climate change.
“The fossil fuel executives that are appearing before us today claim that their companies support reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement — a watershed international environmental treaty as we know,” said Congressman Sarbanes.
Congressman Sarbanes continued, “But the Committee looked into the lobbying disclosures filed by your companies and found that your rhetoric of support for the Paris Agreement doesn’t match reality when it comes to your lobbying.”
Finally, he concluded, “We know what it looks like when your industry really cares about a federal initiative and your companies want to see it succeed.”
See below for a video of the Congressman’s full remarks.