For Immediate Release
350.org on Exxon’s Request to Invalidate New York Investigation: “Same Strategy as Big Tobacco: Delay and Deceit”
NEW YORK, NY. - In response to the news that ExxonMobil is asking a federal court to invalidate New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s important investigation, Jamie Henn, 350.org Communications Director, issued the following statement:
“It’s the same strategy as Big Tobacco: delay and deceit. Exxon has hired an army of lawyers to try and distract from the real story here: that they lied about their knowledge of climate change for decades. Exxon’s filing leaves out the fact that they have spent millions of dollars funding misinformation campaigns, faux think tanks, and the elections of climate deniers. They're reacting this way because they know the stakes of this investigation are enormous. If Exxon is finally held accountable for the damage they’ve done to our climate, the penalties would be practically unfathomable. This move will only add momentum to the broader Exxon Knew campaign.”
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.