Thanks to the amazing investigative reporting of InsideClimate News (ICN) and the Los Angeles Times, we learned that Exxon has known about the real dangers of climate change for nearly 40 years. Furthermore, Exxon knew that it would be necessary to leave a significant portion of fossil fuels in the ground to avert the worst impacts of a rapidly warming planet. But rather than speak out and risk their profits, they chose to keep this information from the public.
Based on these revelations, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently opened an investigation into Exxon under the state's aggressive Martin Act. Yesterday with your help we ramped up the pressure for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and attorneys general of other states to follow Schneiderman's lead so that we can get to the bottom of Exxon's depravity and bring them to justice.
Yesterday we joined a coalition of organizations including Climate Hawks Vote, ClimateTruth.org, Food and Water Watch, Sierra Club, 350.org and others to deliver more than 360,000 signatures (including over 50,000 of yours) calling on DOJ to investigate Exxon's climate deception. Click here to read my full report in the blog.
Despite the rain and grey skies and rain in Washington, D.C., this was a bright day: 17 organizations representing millions of concerned climate activists made their voices heard and demanded that our president's top cop, Loretta Lynch deliver justice to Exxon on behalf of the American people and citizens everywhere. I am so proud to represent the members of this organization who sounded off resoundingly.
And this is only the beginning! Click here to read my full report in the blog and see what leaders like Bill McKibben, Rep. Ted Lieu and more had to say about your signature.
Anthony and the team at Environmental Action
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