Sanders Slams Big Oil CEO Who Refuses to Testify at Senate Climate Hearing

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      eridani
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      https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/04/08/sanders-slams-big-oil-ceo-who-refuses-testify-senate-climate-hearing

      In the United States, the burning of fossil fuels for electricity, heating, and transportation is the largest source of the greenhouse gas emissions that drive global heating. According to the World Resources Institute, the U.S. produces about 13% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, second only to China, at 26%.

      Such emissions have been a primary driver of catastrophic global heating. The past decade was the warmest ever recorded, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warning of even hotter years ahead.

      A warming planet is linked to more and worse climate-driven extreme weather events. CBS News notes there were 22 separate U.S. natural disasters causing more than $1 billion in destruction last year, for a total of more than $95 billion in damages.

      Meanwhile, according to a statement from the Senate Budget Committee, “ExxonMobil made $22.4 billion in profits as CEO Darren Woods received a $15.6 million compensation package; Chevron made $5.43 billion in profits as CEO Michael Wirth received a $33 million compensation package; and BP made $20.7 billion in profits.”

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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      https://www.nationofchange.org/2021/04/09/sanders-wants-big-oil-ceos-to-testify-at-senate-climate-hearing/

      Senator Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, has invited top fossil fuel execs to participate in next week’s Senate climate hearing titled “The Cost of Inaction on Climate Change.”

      According to CBS News, BP America Chairman and President David C. Lawler, Chevron CEO and Chairman Michael Wirth and ExxonMobil Chair and CEO Darren W. Woods were invited. Lawler I’ve already declined the request and declined to comment.

      By declining the offer, Sanders says, “it tells [him] these guys don’t want to answer tough questions. These companies are producing a significant percentage of the carbon that we use, which is destroying our planet, and we want to know what they are doing to transform their companies away from fossil fuel.”

      As Common Dreams Reports, Sanders noted the long history of fossil fuel corporations—some of which have known about the link between their products and climate change for decades—lying to the public about the dangers of oil, gas, and coal. He called their deception “one of the scandals of our lifetime.”

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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