Washington, D.C. — Following news today that the House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed the top executives at Exxon, Chevron, BP, and Shell after their failure to produce information related to their funding and internal communications, government watchdog Accountable.US released the following statement:
“After these oil executives’ efforts to dodge questions and hide behind their front groups at last week’s congressional hearing, it’s only right that the House Oversight Committee take bold steps to demand more information about their ongoing disinformation campaigns,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “The American people support bold action to protect public lands and combat the climate crisis, and they deserve transparency and answers from those standing in the way.”
During last week’s hearing, even after dogged questioning, executives from some of the nation’s biggest oil and gas companies refused to tell their chief trade group, the American Petroleum Institute (API), to stop fighting climate and environmental initiatives the executives claim to support. Top officials from Chevron, Exxon, BP, and Shell refused to commit to leaving API if it continued to undermine climate policies like investments in electric vehicles and a methane fee — nor would they agree to an independent audit to verify that their companies are not funding climate misinformation.
The executives’ evasive behavior was just the latest moment in a long tradition of major oil and gas companies using API as a shield to do their dirty work.
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