Democrats Launch Push Against Corporate Climate Denial

July 12, 2016
In The News

• Resolution disapproves of efforts to “deliberately cast doubt on science” on climate change

• 19 senators will speak on the floor about the issue before Congress leaves for summer recess

July 11 (BNA) -- Congressional Democrats will dedicate much of their time in the week before lawmakers leave for a seven-week summer break to drawing attention to how the fossil fuel industry, in their view, orchestrated and funded a complex effort to cast doubt on the scientific consensus surrounding climate change.

At the center of the efforts is a Senate resolution, introduced by eight members of the Democratic caucus, that condemns what it calls efforts by the corporations to “deliberately cast doubt on science in order to protect their financial interests.”

While not mentioning Exxon Mobil Corp. by name, the resolution marks latest phase in the public debate over whether the fossil fuel giant deliberately misled investors about the risks of climate change.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) will introduce companion legislation in the House.

Neither the House nor Senate resolution is likely to come up for votes in the Republican-controlled Congress.

Exxon Mobil and other fossil fuel companies have repeatedly and vehemently denied suppressing climate change research. The company has said it has funded research efforts on the subject since the 1970s and has disclosed the risks to investors.

Exxon Mobil and the American Petroleum Institute did not immediately respond to a request for comment.