Exxon and BP called to testify on climate after ‘troubling’ new documents

Image: ExxonMobil Baton Rouge refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photograph: Kathleen Flynn/Reuters

Congressman calls documents related to the fossil fuel industry’s efforts to discredit climate science ‘very concerning’

US congressional investigators say they have uncovered “very concerning” new documents about ExxonMobil’s disinformation campaign to discredit climate science.

Representative Ro Khanna, a leading critic of the petroleum industry on the House oversight committee, said the documents came to light ahead of a hearing next month to question the heads of large oil companies about their industry’s long history of undermining the evidence that burning fossil fuels drove global heating.

Khanna declined to discuss the information beyond describing it as “very troubling facts and some very concerning documents”.

On Thursday, the House oversight committee sent out letters summoning the heads of four firms – Exxon, Chevron, Shell and BP – to testify on 28 October.

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