Last night, President Barack Obama delivered his last State of the Union Address, and in a big change from all seven previous addresses, he made action on climate change a central pillar of his agenda (one of four big themes in his speech) and called out climate denial and delay in no uncertain terms.
"Look, if anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it," Obama said during his final State of the Union last night. "You’ll be pretty lonely, because you’ll be debating our military, most of America’s business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community, and 200 nations around the world who agree it’s a problem and intend to solve it."1
He left one thing out - Exxon and other Big Oil companies have been lying about the climate crisis for decades. Fortunately, key members of the White House staff are taking questions and suggestions online about how to deliver on the promises the President made during last night's SOTU.2 We need your help to make sure they get the message that talk is all well and good, but what we need is environmental action.
Can you click here to tell President Barack Obama's team to get serious about climate denial by working with the Department of Justice to open a RICO investigation into Exxon and Big oil's climate lies?
It's a big deal to have the President touch on some of our biggest challenges, but change isn't made in a speech (as the President well knows), it's made by hard work, advocacy and a public demand for action. That's why, as good as last night's speech was to hear, today it's up to us to turn up the pressure even more.
Since we already know that Obama's top cabinet officials - including the leaders of the Department of Interior, EPA, special advisers on climate change and more - are all listening to us online today, why not use the power of our collective voice to show them that we heard the President, and now it's time for them to hear us and take some action.
Thanks again for speaking up on short notice,
Drew and the #ExxonKnew crew at Environmental Action
P.S. - You can watch a replay of the whole speech, including live commentary from Oil Change International and our other ExxonKnew allies, by clicking here.
1 - The White House, President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address, Medium.com January 12, 2016
2 - Laura Miller, It's That Time of Gruyère: Big Block of Cheese Day Is Back, White House Blog, January 8, 2016