Environmentalists and reporters continued to call out ExxonMobil on Friday after chairman and chief executive officer Darren Woods followed up his earlier remarks about this week\u0026#039;s exposé with a detailed statement about the fossil fuel giant\u0026#039;s public position on climate policy and carbon pricing.\r\n\r\nWoods\u0026#039; new statement is in response to secretly recorded footage released Wednesday by Unearthed, Greenpeace U.K.\u0026#039;s investigative journalism arm, that shows one current and one former ExxonMobil employee—Keith McCoy and Dan Easley, who thought they were speaking with a recruitment consultant—discussing lobbying related to infrastructure legislation, involvement with \u0022shadow groups\u0022 that cast down on scientific consensus about the climate emergency, and \u0022wins\u0022 during the Trump administration.\r\n\r\nThe videos sparked renewed calls for efforts to hold ExxonMobil accountable for helping fuel the climate emergency and increased pressure on President Joe Biden and Congress to end subsidies for polluters. They also elicited comments from Woods that critics called \u0022disingenuous\u0022 and \u0022greenwashing.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022The past few days have been disappointing for everyone at ExxonMobil and for me personally,\u0022 Woods began. \u0022A current and former member of our government affairs team were secretly recorded making disturbing and inaccurate comments about our positions on a variety of issues, including climate change policy, and our interaction with elected officials.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Their comments are entirely inconsistent with our commitment to the environment, transparency, and what our employees and management team have worked toward since I became CEO four years ago,\u0022 he continued. \u0022I want to make our position clear.\u0022\r\n\r\nWoods\u0026#039; key claims, which he addressed in further detail, were:\r\n\r\n\r\n\tWe understand the tremendous challenge represented by climate change and have fully supported the Paris agreement since its inception;\r\n\tWe believe a price on carbon emissions is essential to achieving net zero emissions; and\r\n\tWe are actively working to reduce our own emissions.\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022We have great respect for policymakers, elected officials, and organizations across the political spectrum who are grappling to effectively address climate change, one of the greatest challenges of our time,\u0022 he concluded. \u0022ExxonMobil\u0026#039;s position is clear: We want to be part of the solution while responsibly providing affordable energy required to power the economy. We have the experience, capabilities, capacity, and commitment to help meet this critical need.\u0022\r\n\r\nIn response to Woods\u0026#039; latest comments, Tara Connolly of Global Witness tweeted, \u0022You won\u0026#039;t read anything more disingenuous this year.\u0022\r\n\r\nTruthout\u0026#039;s Candice Bernd also summed up his lengthy statement in a tweet: \u0022Exxon doubles down on positions its lobbyists confirmed are total artifice and subterfuge.\u0022\r\n\r\nFossil Free Media director Jamie Henn declared that \u0022this isn\u0026#039;t an apology, it\u0026#039;s a cover-up.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022Exxon is in full damage control mode, but I don\u0026#039;t think they can cover this one up. The leaked tape wasn\u0026#039;t from a random intern, but from their senior director of legislative affairs,\u0022 Henn told Common Dreams, referring to McCoy. \u0022The idea that he wasn\u0026#039;t representing the company\u0026#039;s real positions is ludicrous.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022It\u0026#039;s worth thinking about why this is so damaging for Exxon,\u0022 he said. \u0022After all, they deal with criticism over their lobbying, oil spills, and pollution all the time, but rarely issue statements, let alone entire blog posts, from their CEO. I think they\u0026#039;re especially freaked out about the leaked tape because it cuts at the core of their entire political strategy: avoiding regulation by pretending to support climate solutions.\u0022\r\n\r\nHenn added that \u0022the argument that they deserve a seat at the table because \u0026#039;they support a carbon tax\u0026#039; has been blown to smithereens. The video confirms what we\u0026#039;ve argued all along: Exxon is trying to burn the table, and the entire planet, down to the ground.\u0022\r\n\r\nInvestigative reporter Niall Sargent called the CEO\u0026#039;s statement \u0022the sign of a very, very successful investigation,\u0022 praising Unearthed and the journalist behind the report, Lawrence Carter. \u0022So rare to get these revelations in real time as legislation is passing through the halls of power,\u0022 Sargent added.\r\n\r\nCarter, in his initial article, promised the outlet would reveal more about ExxonMobil in the coming days. On Friday, he published a second piece about the company and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as \u0022forever chemicals.\u0022\r\n\r\nExxonMobil isn\u0026#039;t the only entity under fire in response to Carter\u0026#039;s reporting; the American Petroleum Institute (API) is facing fresh criticism over McCoy\u0026#039;s claim about using trade groups as \u0022whipping boys\u0022 to avoid public scrutiny.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022Exxon\u0026#039;s lobbyist said the quiet part out loud, but the oil company\u0026#039;s rampant hypocrisy on climate action has long been obvious,\u0022 said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US, in a statement Friday.\r\n\r\n\u0022Oil and gas companies like Exxon publicly claim they want to work with the Biden administration to take real steps on climate action,\u0022 he said. \u0022In reality, they\u0026#039;re hiding behind the American Petroleum Institute and its unreliable climate commitments—polluting and advocating against the very same policy changes they want their shareholders and customers to believe they support.\u0022\r\n\r\nAccording to Herrig, \u0022These companies have a choice: fess up to their hypocrisy or cut off their connections—and revenue streams—to API.\u0022\r\n\r\nThis post has been updated to include Lawrence Carter\u0026#039;s reporting on ExxonMobil and PFAS.