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Mike Meno, 

Bombshell Tape Confirms Exxon Lies: Center for Climate Integrity Statement

Senior Exxon lobbyist caught on camera explaining the oil and gas giant’s strategies to attack science and block climate action.


In a bombshell video released today by UK Channel 4 and obtained by Greenpeace UK, senior Exxon lobbyist Kevin McCoy is caught on tape explaining how the oil and gas giant secretly fights climate legislation and subverts climate science through "shadow groups," lobbying and more.

In response, Richard Wiles, executive director of the Center for Climate Integrity, released the following statement:

"This bombshell recording confirms yet again that ExxonMobil simply cannot be trusted by policymakers.

"They lie about climate science and their products' role in the climate crisis. They lie about their commitment to climate solutions. And they lie to protect their bottom line, with no regard for the catastrophic damage their products continue to cause to our planet and everyone on it.

"It's time for members of Congress to stop doing the bidding of oil and gas lobbyists and executives who have no interest in solving the climate crisis and instead hold them accountable."

Background on Climate Liability Lawsuits:

Since 2017, 26 state and local governments, including the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Rhode Island; the District of Columbia, and 20 city and county governments in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, and Washington have brought lawsuits under different claims to hold major oil and gas companies accountable for deceiving the public about their products' role in climate change. Learn about those cases here.

The Center for Climate Integrity (CCI) helps cities and states across the country hold corporate polluters accountable for the massive impacts of climate change.

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