Climate Change: Major Us Oil Companies Face Grilling By Congress

  • Posted on October 29, 2021
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Top oil executives have appeared before US lawmakers to face allegations they misled the public about climate change.Major producers were quizzed about the impact of the fossil fuels they profit from and their environmental toll.The hearing on Thursday, which Democrats hailed as historic, marked the first time oil bosses had answered questions publicly and under oath.The six-hour session saw some heated exchanges, with firms such as BP and Shell facing tough questions."Some of us actually have to live the future that you are all setting on fire for us," Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said.But the executives of Exxon Mobil, Chevron, BP and Shell repeatedly spoke about their efforts to transition to clean energy and denied misleading the public.The session, which saw decades of lobbying and public statements by America's biggest energy firms put under the spotlight, came just days before the start of the UN's COP26 climate conference.President Joe Biden is set to fly to Glasgow for the meeting of world leaders, which is being seen as a crucial moment in the global fight against climate change.bbc.com

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