“Exxon Guilty!” This is the headline I would love to read in the near future. Recent reports from InsideClimate News, the Los Angeles Times, Democracy Now! and others have revealed that Exxon concealed its own findings that fossil-fuel extraction causes global warming, alters the climate and is melting the Arctic.
This long-term deception is prompting calls for a federal probe similar to that which resulted in a racketeering conviction of Big Tobacco for hiding the dangers of smoking from the public. Rep. Ted Lieu of California, Sen. Bernie Sanders and others are calling for a federal investigation under [anti-corruption] RICO laws, which say no company can knowingly mislead the public in an attempt to protect profits at the expense of our health, safety and national interest.
Over 20 people demonstrated on Nov. 10 in front of the Exxon station on Merrimon Avenue to call attention to the recent revelations that Exxon knew in the ‘70s that fossil-fuel extraction would cause serious climate disruption and covered that information up. Exxon then funded a well-orchestrated campaign to sow doubt about climate change. Humanity lost over 30 years of time to address this crisis because of Exxon’s greed.
The demonstrators joined Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, the attorney general of New York, several Congress people and numerous environmental groups to call for a Justice Department investigation. Three of the demonstrators were arrested in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience when they sat by the gasoline pumps holding signs that the pumps were “temporarily closed due to Exxon’s lies.”
If you want to act, please write the Asheville U.S. Attorneys office to demand an investigation at 100 Otis St. #233, Asheville, NC, 28801.
— Anne Craig