For Immediate Release
350.org Responds to Lamar Smith Announcing Hearing to Defend Exxon’s Climate Lies
Yesterday, Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Space, Science, and Technology Committee, announced he will hold a hearing on September 14 focusing on the First Amendment rights of fossil fuel corporations, and to assert his authority to issue subpoenas to the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts and non-governmental organizations for their investigations into ExxonMobil’s climate lies. In response, Jamie Henn, Communications Director of 350.org issued the following statement:
"This hearing should take on ExxonMobil as a corporate sponsor -- they're certainly the money and influence behind it. Rep. Smith has zero authority or cause to subpoena us, the attorneys general, or any other groups looking to uncover the truth about Exxon's climate lies. Maybe instead of this buffoonery, the House Science committee could call on, you know, a scientist, to re-explain the threat of climate change and the role of the fossil fuel industry in causing the crisis. Rep. Smith sounds like he could use a refresher course."
350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. But solutions exist. All around the world, a movement is building to take on the climate crisis, to get humanity out of the danger zone and below 350. This movement is massive, it is diverse, and it is visionary. We are activists, scholars, and scientists. We are leaders in our businesses, our churches, our governments, and our schools. We are clean energy advocates, forward-thinking politicians, and fearless revolutionaries. And we are united around the world, driven to make our planet livable for all who come after us.