Will Exxon climate denial scandal be investigated?


This 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

Exxon Researched Climate Change in 1977 | FRONTLINE

A short FRONTLINE film about Exxon‘s early research into climate change produced in collaboration with InsideClimate News.

By Ben Geman in the USA today:

Democrats urged to open Exxon probe

Ascendant House Democrats gearing up to aggressively probe the White House are facing pressure to pursue another target too: ExxonMobil.

Why it matters: Democrats are taking power for the first time since a wave of investigative reporting in 2015 about how much Exxon knew internally about global warming decades ago and its past funding of groups that publicly disputed the science.

Where it stands: The activist group 350.org is circulating a petition to lawmakers on their agenda — including a recommendation to investigate Exxon about the topic.

  • 350’s Jamie Henn tells Axios that investigating Exxon and other major oil companies should be a “top priority” for the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

What they’re saying: On Capitol Hill, nothing yet.

  • Spokespersons for top Democrats on the science panel and the Energy and Commerce Committee declined to say whether this will be part of their oversight.
  • So did a spokesperson for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is likely to become speaker again.

Quick take: I’d be somewhat surprised if Democrats launch a probe along these lines, given the long list of Trump administration investigations expected.

That list of the Democratic party includes blaming Russia for Trump’s election, investigating Trump for supposedly not being in line with the FBI, CIA, for Stormy Daniels, etc. Painfully missing are issues for attacking Trump from the left instead of from the right: his shredding of the nuclear missile treaty; his shredding of the Iran deal; his shredding of the Paris climate agreement; Trump’s biggest military budget of all time; his tax cuts for billionaires including himself; his attack on ‘Dreamer’ young immigrants; his re-starting of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline; etc.

Investigating Exxon might help to reveal Trump’s links to Big Oil. He appointed the Exxon Big Cheese as his Secretary of State. Unfortunately, if Ben Geman is right, then the Democratic party will not use their newly elected majority in the House of Representatives for investigating that.

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the attorney general of Massachusetts to obtain records from Exxon Mobil Corp. to probe whether the oil company for decades concealed its knowledge of the role fossil fuels play in climate change.

Did helping big banks pay off for the Democrats, who backed Trump’s deregulation bill? Absolutely not.

Over the coming weeks, high school students across Australia will join “walk-outs for climate action,” and rally in capital cities and regional centres alike. Thousands of students have shared and promoted the action across Facebook, reflecting a developing politicisation of young people: here.

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