January 7, 2019

350.org on U.S. Supreme Court rejecting Exxon’s appeal in Mass. investigation

Washington, DC — The U.S. Supreme Court rejected ExxonMobil’s appeal to block Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s probe into whether Exxon knew and lied about the role of fossil fuels driving climate change. The court now holds that Healey has the jurisdiction to seek records and take the investigation forward.

In response, Thanu Yakupitiyage, 350.org U.S. Communications Manager issued the following statement:

“This latest decision brings great momentum in the fight to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for causing the climate crisis. We thank Attorney General Healey for her vigilant leadership in standing up for people over polluters. Executives at Exxon knew about climate change decades ago, but they chose to lie to the rest of us to line their oily pockets. Now, it’s those who have done the least to cause the problem who are paying the cost of this deception through our lives and livelihoods. In 2019, we’ll use all our power to make sure Big Oil pays its fair share for climate destruction.”

Across the U.S. and around the world, a growing number of municipalities, states, industries, and more are suing fossil fuel companies for their role in causing climate destruction.

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Contact: Lindsay Meiman, lindsay@350.org, (347) 460-9082

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