Congressional resolution comes on heels of CLF lawsuit against ExxonMobil
July 11, 2016 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to resolutions proposed by U.S. Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) condemning fossil fuel companies for their “sophisticated and deceitful campaign” to deny climate science. The most high-profile company engaged in such behavior, ExxonMobil, is currently facing a first-in-the-nation lawsuit from CLF over its indifference and harm to the Greater Boston community.
“Corporations like ExxonMobil have spent decades using the same playbook as Big Tobacco to cover up the enormous societal harm brought on by the products they’re peddling,” said CLF president Bradley Campbell. “It’s time for our leaders to hold them accountable and to stand up for communities across the country already facing significant public safety and economic hazards from the impacts of climate change. We applaud Representative Lieu and Senator Whitehouse for bringing this issue to the forefront, and we’re confident that, even in the face of these companies’ multi-million dollar lobbyists, the truth on our side will ultimately win the day.”
After an exposé last September by InsideClimate News revealed that ExxonMobil has engaged in a deliberate cover-up of sound climate science for more than thirty years, CLF launched its own investigation and discovered that the company’s deceit has put New England communities in harm’s way. On May 17, CLF announced that it would be taking legal action against ExxonMobil for its continued neglect of the communities lining the Mystic River, communities increasingly threatened by ExxonMobil’s unwillingness to bring its facility in Everett, Massachusetts up to code. More information about CLF’s lawsuit can be found here.
CLF experts are available for further comment.