Target: Representatives Peter Welch, Matt Cartwright, Ted Lieu
Goal: Applaud calls from Congress to investigate whether Shell misled the public regarding climate change.
Members of Congress have asked the U.S. Attorney’s office to open an investigation into Shell’s climate history, and whether they intentionally misled the public about the dangers of climate change. This follows similar federal investigations into ExxonMobil’s role in spreading misinformation about climate change, even though they knew about climate change as far back as 1977.
Investigations by journalists revealed that Exxon, along with a group of leading oil companies and the American Petroleum Institute, were part of a task force that shared information about climate science in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Companies involved included Exxon, Mobil, Amoco, Phillips, Texaco, Sunoco, Standard Oil of California and Gulf Oil, as well as Shell.
Shell itself has claimed to pursue constructive dialogue on the topic of climate change, yet has reneged on investments on renewable energy. The company also spent billions on exploratory drilling missions in the Arctic that were abandoned, yet representatives have said that they continue to see potential for exploration there.
The oil companies knew about the catastrophic effects fossil fuels would have on the climate for almost 40 years, yet have continuously misled the public in order to continue turning a profit. Sign this petition and applaud the calls for investigation into their practices.
Dear Representatives Lieu, Welch and Cartwright,
Your letter to the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch calling for an investigation into Shell’s climate history is inspiring. The revelations that their peer company, ExxonMobil, knew about the dangers of climate change back in 1977 should set alarm bells ringing across the country and the world.
For too long, companies like Shell and ExxonMobil have operated with impunity when it comes to disclosing information to the public. If it wasn’t for the fact that investigations were made into their past, they would still be funding misinformation campaigns and distorting the truth to fit their agenda. Now that Exxon will be investigated, it is time for Shell, and any other oil company that deliberately hid the truth about the impact of climate change, to face the music. I applaud your calls for investigation and hope that they will be successful.
[Your Name Here]
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