REPRESENTATIVES LIEU, WELCH, AND CARTWRIGHT CALL FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE SHELL OIL

February 19, 2016
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WASHINGTON - Representative Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) along with Representatives Peter Welch and Matt Cartwright wrote a letter to US Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch calling for an investigation of Shell Oil in regards to the company’s participation in intentionally hiding the truth about climate change and embarking on a massive campaign of denial and disinformation. This is a follow-up letter sent previously to the Attorney General regarding ExxonMobil.

“More evidence has been brought to light by the Los Angeles Times and Inside Climate News that Shell Oil and others participated with Exxon’s pattern of deception. As Members of the Oversight Committee, we now ask that Shell also be investigated for intentionally hiding the truth about cilmate change and embarking on a massive campaign of denial and disinformation.”

“The Department of Justice (DOJ) successfully prosecuted tobacco companies for colluding within their industry to deliberately mislead the public. We ask that DOJ similarily investigate Shell for participating with ExxonMobil’s sustained deception campaign on climate science.”

“If these allegations are true, these actions could have set back the critical fight against climate change. We respectfully request the DOJ to investigate whether Shell’s actions around climate change violated federal law.”

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