REPS LIEU, DESAULNIER URGE CALIFORNIA AG TO INVESTIGATE EXXONMOBIL’S ACTIONS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

January 21, 2016
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON - Today, Representatives Ted W. Lieu (CA-33) and Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) urged California Attorney General Kamala Harris to actively investigate allegations that ExxonMobil deliberately misled the public regarding the role of fossil fuels in influencing climate change. According to recent news reports, including today’s New York Times, AG Harris is reviewing an investigation.

In a letter to Harris, DeSaulnier and Lieu wrote, “It is our understanding that a number of California laws provide your office with robust authorities to pursue violations of our state’s corporate securities and commodities laws. While it remains to be determined whether ExxonMobil’s actions violated state law, your office is in a unique position to request the information necessary to make these determinations. We strongly encourage you to leverage your authorities as California’s Attorney General to investigate whether ExxonMobil violated state law.”  

The Representatives continued, “As the Attorney General for the eighth largest economy in the world, we are hopeful that your actions will prompt other state attorneys general and regulators to investigate these troubling allegations. Please be assured that we will also continue to press this issue at the federal level, including a request to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to investigate these issues.”

Representatives Lieu and DeSaulnier’s official request to Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz to investigate what ExxonMobil knew about global warming and what it told investors can be found here.

Click here for a full copy of the letter to Attorney General Harris.

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