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4 Nov 2021

Josh Lederman, NBC News

Big Oil CEOs deny lying to the public about climate change

Under oath and facing harsh questioning, the heads of some of the world’s largest oil companies denied ... they knew their products were driving climate change and lied about it, saying they acted in good faith to cut emissions and were merely following the science at the time.

Comparing oil companies to Big Tobacco, House Democrats brought the CEOs of ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell and BP America before cameras for what they described as a “historic hearing” on the companies’ role for decades in climate disinformation.

... “I do not agree there was an inconsistency,” Exxon CEO Darren Woods testified. “As science has developed, our science has developed.”

... Eager to portray themselves as dealing proactively with global warming, the CEOs emphasized the voluntary steps they’ve already taken.

... This was the first time the CEOs have been under oath for a hearing focused on climate disinformation.