To: State Attorney General
Recent reports have shown that Exxon knew the dangers of climate change decades ago. Yet over the course of nearly forty years, the company has contributed millions of dollars to think-tanks and politicians who trafficked in doubt and misinformation -- on the reality of climate change, its urgency, and its cause. If Exxon intentionally misled us about the impacts of fossil fuels, it must be held accountable. We're calling for an immediate and robust investigation.
Why is this important?
Last fall, we learned that Exxon researchers alerted company management to the grave threats of climate change in the 1970s...and the company's executives have been lying about it ever since.
Not only did Exxon not disclose the dangers -- its executives spent tens of millions of dollars trying to convince the world that climate change isn’t real; this hobbled effective political action for decades. In circles where that didn’t work, they said that climate change wasn't that bad, and wasn't an urgent problem.
This was the most devastating coverup in human history.
We can't have those decades back. But if Exxon is held accountable, we'll be one step closer to dismantling the power of an industry that's still driving us towards disaster, and making them pay for their wrongs.
New York State’s Attorney General has already started an investigation, and on March 29, he and sixteen other AGs announced that they're jointly exploring "ongoing and potential investigations into whether fossil fuel companies misled investors and the public on the impact of climate change on their businesses." Here in Washington, Attorney General Ferguson needs to know that he has the support he needs to start an investigation.
Investigations like this showed the evils of Big Tobacco -- it’s time for Big Oil to face the same scrutiny. We want Washington state to be in 100%.
So please, join the call: we need to hear the truth in a court of law, and Exxon needs to face the consequences of its deception.
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