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Congress Committee Says Documents Show Big Oil Greenwashing

  • Documents obtained after year-long investigation by Congress
  • Hearing on the issue is being held in Washington on Thursday
The silhouette of an electric oil pump jack is seen near a flare at night in Midland, Texas.

The silhouette of an electric oil pump jack is seen near a flare at night in Midland, Texas.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg
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A House congressional committee said internal documents from Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp., Shell Plc and BP Plc reveal that their public promises to fight climate change amount to greenwashing. 

A cache of emails, lobbying and preparation materials for senior executives obtained by the Committee on Oversight and Reform show that Big Oil climate pledges rely on “unproven technology, accounting gimmicks and misleading language to hide the reality,” Subcommittee Chair Ro Khanna said in an emailed statement.