Big Oil Privately Acknowledged Efforts To Downplay Climate Crisis: Docs

"Internal documents revealed by committee show companies lobbied against climate laws they publicly claimed to support."

"Big oil has privately acknowledged its efforts to downplay the dangers of burning fossil fuels, US Democrats have found.

Major fossil-fuel firms have also pledged support for international climate efforts, but internally admit these efforts are incompatible with their own climate plans. And they have lobbied against climate laws and regulations they have publicly claimed to support, documents newly revealed by the committee show.

The tranche of subpoenaed communications were unveiled on Tuesday morning by Democrats on the House oversight committee before a Wednesday hearing.

“For decades, the fossil-fuel industry has known about the economic and climate harms of its products but has deceived the American public to keep collecting more than $600bn each year in subsidies while raking in record-breaking profits,” said Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse, who chairs the committee."

Dharna Noor reports for the Guardian April 30, 2024.


"Democrats Unveil Big Oil Report After 3-Year Investigation" (Axios)

"Senate, House Dems: Oil Companies Pivoted From Climate Denial To ‘Deception, Disinformation, And Doublespeak’" (The Hill)

"What A Years-Long Probe Of Big Oil Reveals About Its Climate Strategy" (Washington Post)

"Big Oil Document Dump Spotlights Industry Influence In Academia" (E&E News)


Source: Guardian, 05/01/2024