Board members from some of the most powerful Big Oil corporations are on Capitol Hill today to face questioning by the House Subcommittee on the Environment. This comes as the oil and gas industry is facing mounting backlash over its contribution to the climate crisis, including a massive campaign of disinformation that spread lies about the catastrophic dangers of fossil fuels — despite Big Oil’s own research warning carbon emissions from its products were triggering a climate emergency. Ahead of today’s hearings, committee chair Ro Khanna released a video promising to hold Big Oil accountable.
Rep. Ro Khanna: “So, we are going to have the Big Oil company executives in for the first time ever in Congress to testify about misinformation. It will be like the Big Tobacco hearings.”
Rep. Henry Waxman: “This hearing marks the beginning of a new relationship between Congress and the tobacco companies.
Rep. Ro Khanna: “We are going to be going after Chevron, BP, Shell, a number of these companies, to see what their practice is.”