May 13, 2019

Decades of deception: unacceptable

It’s time for the fossil fuel industry to stop writing the rules, and pay for the damage it’s caused. And the first step is for state attorneys general to investigate Exxon, and other Big Polluters, for their decades of deception.

You’ve already taken the first step and written to your state attorney general. Will you take the next step? Call their office and demand they investigate the fossil fuel industry!

For decades Exxon and other Big Polluters have known that burning fossil fuels could drive disastrous climate change. But rather than address the issue, they manufactured doubt, attacked science, bought political loyalty, and paralyzed our public and political climate to stop climate action that would threaten their profits.

Enough is enough. We need to expose Big Polluters’ deception, clear them out of policymaking, and hold them accountable. It’s an essential first step in the broad, powerful, and growing movement all over the world to finally implement the just climate solutions we know we need.

We know that widespread investigations like those we’re calling for can have profound impacts. We’ve seen it before with the very industry that Big Polluters are borrowing their dirty tricks from: Big Tobacco.

In the late 1990s, thanks in part to campaigning by people like you, dozens of state attorneys general launched investigations and lawsuits against the tobacco industry. The process brought to light page after page of industry documents that completely exposed Big Tobacco’s abuses — and catalyzed swift, transformative tobacco control policy not only in the U.S., but also all around the world. And their legal victory requires the industry to pay billions of dollars each year to the settling states — forever.

And we’ve already got a solid start. A few states have begun investigating Exxon, and all 50 U.S. state attorneys general have heard from people just like you demanding an investigation. But we need to make sure the call is unavoidable.

Now is the time to build on the momentum of state attorneys general investigating Exxon’s decades of deception — and they need to hear from you. Call your attorney general and urge them to investigate Exxon’s climate deception today.