House Democrats compare the investigation to the tobacco hearing in the 1990s, which exposed how tobacco companies lied about the hazards of smoking to pave the way for tighter rules on nicotine.
Woods was among four large oil companies that gave evidence Thursday as congressional Democrats investigate what they describe as decades-long, industry-wide disinformation on the role of fossil fuels in causing global warming.
And they argued the committee would be better off spending its time scrutinizing a different problem: inflation, rising Gasoline prices, immigration, Afghanistan withdrawal, pandemic.
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The House Oversight Committee published a memo Thursday accusing the oil industry of failing to add sensible moves to public support for climate reforms, and saying the industry has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years to block reform.
“The fossil fuel industry has had scientific evidence about the dangers of climate change since at least 1977. Yet for decades, the industry spread denial and doubt about the harm of its products — undermining the science and preventing meaningful action on climate change even as the global climate crisis became increasingly dire,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, R-Calif.
In 2015, reports in the Los Angeles Times and Inside Climate News suggested that Exxon had financed workshops and academic research on climate change during much of the Eighties.
ExxonMobil spokesman says company’s statements about climate science have been "consistent with the broader mainstream scientific community at the time” and “evolved” as the science did." https://t.co/ONXWIRezF8
I study the history of climate science; this is flat out false.
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