Climate Hawks Vote applauds New York Probe of Exxon's climate deceit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11/05/2015

CONTACT: RL Miller, rlm@climatehawksvote.com

As first revealed in the New York Times, New York Attorney General Schneiderman has issued sweeping subpoenas to the fossil fuel giant ExxonMobil (XOM) investigating whether the company adequately warned investors about financial risks stemming from society’s need to limit fossil fuels. The subpoenas may expand to cover other oil companies as well.

RL Miller, cofounder of Climate Hawks Vote, states:

“Climate Hawks Vote applauds the bold leadership of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for his investigation into ExxonMobil’s history of deliberate climate deception. We’ve known for years that the oil industry, led by Exxon, finances a climate-denial network of politicians, think tanks, and right-wing media in order to protect their gargantuan profits. Now all fifty states are now suffering damages from greenhouse pollution, from sea level rise to wildfire and drought intensification.  It is time for U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other state attorneys general to follow Schneiderman’s lead and bring Exxon to justice.”

Climate Hawks Vote was the first organization to call for a federal investigation of ExxonMobil in response to journalistic investigations of its history of knowing climate deception, and the first to call for action by state attorneys general

The Climate Hawks Vote petition can be seen here: http://www.climatehawksvote.com/prosecute_exxon

About Climate Hawks Vote: We're a grassroots-funded organization building political power for the climate movement. Hatched in 2014, we endorsed 17 candidates and won 11 of those races. We hold politicians accountable through a sophisticated scorecard tracking not only votes, but also leadership and public engagement on climate. Our board of directors includes Bill McKibben and Jigar Shah.

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