Breaking: Yesterday the New York Attorney General announced an investigation into whether Exxon lied about climate change. Today, President Obama officially blocked the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Tonight MSNBC's Rachel Maddow will host a forum with all three Democratic presidential candidates, and we want her to ask them about this week's amazing climate news. Click here to join the call to #AskOnClimate.
It has been an amazing week for climate activists. Yesterday, New York Attorney General (AG) Eric Schneiderman announced that his office will be launching an investigation into whether Exxon Mobil (Exxon) concealed the facts of climate change to protect profits.1 The subpoena issued by Schneiderman demands the release of financial records, emails and other documents that will help him determine the full extent of the oil giant's depravity.
Tonight, three leading candidates for President, all Democrats with close ties to Schneiderman and Obama, will take the stage in South Carolina. Can you imagine a better moment for moderator Rachel Maddow to ask about whether they'd prosecute Exxon? Or how they'll demonstrate a commitment to keep fossil fuels in the ground, as President Obama just did when he blocked KeystoneXL? There hasn't been a week of climate news like this ... maybe ever! Help us seize the moment by telling Rachel Maddow to ask about these and other key climate issues at tonight's debate!
Eric Schneiderman is making big news with his drive to prosecute Exxon, but he shouldn't be the only one who goes after Exxon. We need to know if the next President of the United State agrees. That's why we're asking MSNBC's Rachel Maddow to ask the three Democratic presidential candidates if they agree with Schneiderman and if they think the Department of Justice (DOJ) should do the same tonight during her forum with the candidates. But if we are going to get her to do this we have to act really, really fast. Will you click here and tell Maddow to ask about this global climate denial scheme?
Senator Bernie Sanders has written a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to prosecute Exxon and even compared allegations against them to the successful DOJ lawsuit against Big Tobacco.3 Governor Martin O'Malley also supports a DOJ prosecution and even took to Twitter to say, "We held tobacco companies responsible for lying about cancer. Let's do the same for oil companies and climate change."4 Both candidates also released statements hailing Schneiderman's probe.
Secretary Clinton has also chimed in on the issue - kind of. Following a town hall meeting when asked by a member of 350.org if she supports a federal DOJ probe she replied, "Yes, yes they should. There's a lot of evidence that they misled people."5 But when asked by news outlets to expand on this statement, Clinton has remained silent - and she has offered no statement about AG Schneiderman's probe.
As Drew said during today's big White House announcement on Keystone: "There is much more work to do, much of it in Paris, as we work to keep fossil fuels in the ground and build a just, clean energy future for everyone – but today, we celebrate and thank President Obama for making the right choice." Obama has built some amazing climate momentum for Paris with today's announcement. But just think how much larger this momentum could be if all the candidates vying for the White House also send the message that fossil fuels are staying in the ground, and clean energy is the only energy our country supports for the future?
That's why it's important for Rachel Maddow to get all three candidates on the record about Exxon, Keystone and all these climate issue in front of millions of Americans. And to make sure it happens, we are launching a social media blitz today with other organizations. WE NEED YOU AND EVERYONE TO JOIN US. Click here and let's make sure that our questions are asked on record at tonight's debate.
Thanks for sounding off,
Anthony, Drew, Sally and the Environmental Action crew
1. Gillis, Justin and Krauss, Clifford. Exxon Mobil Investigated in New York Over Possible Lies on Climate. New York Times. November 5, 2015.
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