In response to a question posed at White Mountains Community College in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate Exxon: â€œYes, yes they should â€¦ thereâ€™s a lot of evidence they misled people.â€
With Clintonâ€™s statement, all Democratic presidential candidates have now called for a federal investigation of Exxon. Earlier this month, Senator Sanders sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking for the DOJÂ to form a task force by Dec. 19 to investigate Exxon. Governor Oâ€™Malley also voiced his support for an investigation on Twitter.
We held tobacco companies responsible for lying about cancer. Letâ€™s do the same for oil companies climate change. http://t.co/mS4fMEEduy
â€” Martin O’Malley (@MartinOMalley) October 16, 2015
Clinton joins a growing chorus of elected officials calling for Exxon to be investigated. After InsideClimate News and the LA Times reported that Exxonâ€™s climate scientists knew as early as 1977 that climate change was being driven by the burning of fossil fuels, Representatives Ted Lieu and Mark DeSaulnier asked Attorney General Lynch to investigate whether Exxon broke the law by â€œfailing to disclose truthful informationâ€ about climate change.
â€” Los Angeles Times (@latimes) October 24, 2015
Earlier today, Senators Whitehouse, Markey, Warren and Blumenthal sent a letter to Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson asking for the company to disclose whether its donations to a financial clearinghouse were used to fund climate denier groups.
President Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch have yet to respond.
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