For Immediate Release
Travis Nichols 206.802.8498
Greenpeace Rejects House Request for Information
WASHINGTON - On May 18th, 13 members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee sent a letter to Greenpeace USA and other groups demanding they turn over information related to their work around Exxon’s climate denial. Greenpeace’s legal counsel officially responded to this request today. Annie Leonard, Greenpeace Executive Director, said:
“Climate change is real, it is caused by carbon pollution, and it is the greatest threat people and our planet have ever faced. Exxon knows this--it has known this for decades--but the global oil giant has denied the truth in favor of profits for years. It should be held accountable, but this letter from House Republicans seems more like an attempt to protect Exxon from scrutiny.
“While Exxon has been muddying the science and delaying meaningful debate on what to do about climate change, Greenpeace has been working to reduce the emissions that cause climate change, advocating for corporate and government policies that address climate change, and exposing the corporations, lobbyists, and front groups that deny the existence of climate change and its causes. Despite all of this, it might already be too late to stop the worst effects of climate change. The First Amendment protects advocating for regressive and misguided policy, for which Exxon and its enablers are no doubt thankful, but it does not protect fraud. If companies publicly denied climate change while knowing all along how dangerous it was, they should be held accountable."
The full response can be found here.
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