Rep. Ted Lieu. Image courtesy of Rep. Ted Lieu/Flickr.

Congressional Democrats introduced a joint-resolution on Monday aimed at chastising energy firms for allegedly misleading the public about climate change.

According to The Hill, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Rep. Ted Lieu of California introduced the resolution chiding energy firms for “deliberately” misleading the public about climate change.

Lieu, along with Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-California), wrote a letter to the Department of Justice in October requesting an investigation into whether ExxonMobil misled investors.

That letter was prompted by reports from the L.A. Times and InsideClimate News that alleged Exxon used climate data to make operational decisions while working to publicly undermine climate science.

Exxon has denied any wrongdoing and noted that it has published information about the business risks that climate change could pose in its 10-K, Corporate Citizenship Report and in other reports to shareholders.

While the joint-resolution does not name any companies or individuals, Lieu made it clear that the effort is connected to his interest in Exxon.

“The actions taken by ExxonMobil and other big oil companies may have imperiled all of humanity through their massive campaign of deception to confuse the public and lawmakers as to the truth of climate science.  Any actors who knowingly confuse the public as to the harm of their products, whether it be lead, tobacco, or oil should be condemned and investigated,” Lieu said in a statement on Monday.

Exxon confirmed in November that it received a subpoena from the New York Attorney General’s Office for “documents relating to climate change.”

The New York Attorney General’s Office has not commented on the matter.

The attorney’s general office of the U.S. Virgin Islands dropped a request for Exxon records late last month that had been made as part of a probe into the company.

In response to the dropped request, Exxon asked a Texas federal court to dismiss a counter-lawsuit it had filed.


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