House Oversight seeks to ‘hold the fossil fuel industry accountable’ with latest climate hearings

Committee looks to glean companies’ knowledge of purported climate crisis.

Updated: January 22, 2022 - 10:06am

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The House Oversight and Reform Committee this week invited several oil companies to testify before the panel in an effort to glean their knowledge and awareness of the alleged climate change crisis.

The committee “issued another round of invitations to fossil fuel companies to testify about their knowledge of climate change,” the Hill reported on Friday, with the invitations going out to “board directors at major companies.”

Among the invited companies include ExxonMobil, Shell and Chevron. 

“Our upcoming hearing will examine whether the industry is finally taking steps to curb its dangerous emissions, or is instead paying lip service while continuing to put our planet at risk. Boards of directors at fossil fuel companies play a key governance role in addressing the climate crisis,” New York representative and panel Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney said in a statement to the publication.

Maloney vowed that the committee would “hold the fossil fuel industry accountable and ensure these companies are taking real action to combat climate change.”

Democrats and climate activists in recent years have been pursuing efforts to learn how aware oil companies have been about the purported threat that climate change poses to humans around the world.