Exposing ExxonMobil’s Dangerous Campaign of Deceit and Denial
Exposés by InsideClimate News and the Los Angeles Times have confirmed that oil giant ExxonMobil knew as early as the late 1970s that climate change caused by human activities would be devastating if left unchecked.
But instead of taking action, the corporation lied to the government, and to all of us, by funding an aggressive campaign trying to foment doubt about climate science.
CLF in Action
CLF started its own investigation, focused on how this climate deceit has affected New England communities. Our investigation revealed that, despite knowing the harm climate change could cause, ExxonMobil left its oil storage facilities in Everett, Massachusetts, and elsewhere vulnerable to flooding from storms and rising seas.
This failure to act put local communities at risk of catastrophic releases of oil and hazardous substances – events more and more likely given the extreme weather and bigger storms already experienced by New Englanders every year.
To hold ExxonMobil accountable for this inaction, CLF has launched the United States’ first legal action against the corporate giant for its climate deceit and for clean water act violations at its oil storage facility in Everett, which sits on the Mystic River.
We are at a major tipping point in ending the fossil fuel era. Building on several national investigations against ExxonMobil, our lawsuit sets the precedence for the dynamic role of local advocacy in holding big polluters accountable.