May 23, 2016 on Exxon’s bought-and-paid-for Congressional allies targeting environmentalists: “We won’t be distracted”

New York, NY — Last week, 13 members of the House Committee on ‘Science, Space, and Technology’ sent broad and far-reaching letters to 17 state Attorneys General and eight non-governmental organizations, including, requesting records of communication sent between the offices. These letters come as a reaction to state Attorneys General announcing coordinated efforts to combat climate change, following revelations that Exxon knew all there was to know about climate change and chose to sow deep doubt and deception among the public instead of guiding the world toward a clean energy future.

Just ahead of Exxon’s annual general meeting of shareholders in Dallas, Texas, Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:

“These letters are a brazen attempt to block our right to petition the government, chill our free speech and freedom of association, and deter others from joining the fight for climate justice. Of course we’ve been collaborating with other groups ever since the shocking news about Exxon emerged. We are stronger and more effective when we join our voices. Our goal is clear: to hold Exxon accountable for decades of deep deception and for denying us a generation’s worth of time for climate action. We will keep pressuring our elected officials to investigate, keep demanding that shareholders divest, and keep reminding people around the world that the biggest company on earth for most of the past fifty years systematically misled the world on the biggest crisis the planet has ever faced.

“It’s priceless that Exxon and its allies in Congress are claiming that their first amendment rights are somehow being violated by citizens taking action. This company has been holding ‘closed-door meetings’ with politicians and their industry peers for decades, and the result is a planet that has set hair-raising new temperature records for the last 12 months. Arctic ice is melting at a terrifying record pace; last month much of the world’s coral reefs wasted away; and low-income communities and communities of color continue to bear the brunt of these devastating impacts. These are the things Exxon and their Congressional allies are doing their best to distract us from. But we won’t be distracted.

“Around the world, tens of thousands of people have escalated the fight to break free from fossil fuels and keep coal, oil and gas in the ground. Now, Exxon knows it’s in trouble, so they’re pulling the strings of their allies in Congress in an obvious attempt to change the subject, stop our work and silence our voices.”


Contact: Lindsay Meiman, [email protected], (347) 460-9082


Letter to’s May Boeve can be found here:

The list of groups that received the letter includes:, the Climate Accountability Institute, the Climate Reality Project, Greenpeace USA, Pawa Law Group PC, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rockefeller Family Fund and the Union of Concerned Scientists. The 17 attorneys general are the elected officials of California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington State.