Oil industry executives to be grilled by Democrats over 'disinformation campaign'

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Executives for major oil corporations and industry groups are set to testify before the House Oversight Committee for a hearing aimed at tackling big oil's alleged "disinformation campaign" on climate change.

Top dogs at ExxonMobil, BP America, Shell, Chevron, the American Petroleum Institute, and the U.S. Chamber of Congress will be on Capitol Hill Thursday to answer Democrats' accusations that the oil industry knew about and covered up information about the effects of its products on the global climate.

Democrats are expected to go on the offense as members strongly criticize the industry's lobbying efforts against aggressive energy and climate change legislation and accuse corporations of obscuring the truth about fossil fuels' warming effects.

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"They need to account to the American public," said Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna of California, chairwoman of Oversight Subcommittee on the Environment, foreshadowing the hearing during a press conference earlier this week. "Why is it that they denied, time after again, the climate crisis when they knew that that was taking place, when their own scientists said that it was taking place? And why do they continue to engage in climate disinformation?"

"We're not going to solve the climate crisis until we tackle the climate disinformation crisis," he added.

The hearing comes as Democrats continue intraparty negotiations on the Build Back Better agenda, which was introduced with ambitious climate-related provisions, such as the clean electricity payment program that would pay utilities that increase their share of clean energy and raise costs on those that don’t.

That proposal and others targeting the fossil fuel industry have come under fire from key vote Sen. Joe Manchin, who opposes penalizing oil, gas, and coal. Democrats are looking for other ways to encourage the transition to carbon-free energy.

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The oil industry has been largely opposed to the Democrats' climate objectives and has funded Facebook ad campaigns against them. However, Shell and BP America recently expressed support for the climate provisions Democrats are pursuing with their budget reconciliation package.

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Original Author: Jeremy Beaman

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