REP. TED LIEU STATEMENT ON AL GORE, 20 AG's NEW ACTION ON BIG OIL CLIMATE FRAUD

March 29, 2016
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement given the announcement by Vice President Al Gore and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of a coalition of 20 states dedicated to holding oil companies accountable for their fraud on climate science.

Congressman Lieu has been the leading voice in Congress requesting the SEC and the Department of Justice investigate deceptive actions by oil companies (such as ExxonMobil and Shell) on climate science.

“I applaud Vice President Al Gore and the 20 Attorneys General who came together today to pledge to fight climate change and to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for their devastating actions in misleading the public on the truth of climate change.  A company such as ExxonMobil may have single handedly contributed irreversible harm to the future of our world.  Gore and the Attorneys General today have sent a strong signal that corporations who have deceived the public about climate change and are working against action on the climate crisis will be held responsible for their actions.  It took 40 years to take on the tobacco companies for their public health fraud, and as Vice President Gore said, ‘We do not have 40 years to continue suffering the fraud allegedly being committed by the fossil fuel companies.’  I call on ExxonMobil to join Democrats’ urgent mission in Congress to act on climate and save our planet.”

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