Sign if you agree: Iowa should investigate ExxonMobil

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Tell Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller to join the ExxonMobil investigation

Petition to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller:
"Thank you for your commitment to fighting climate change. Please join the investigation into ExxonMobil's effort to mislead the public and investors about climate change."

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Dear 5849376,

Exxon lied

In March, 17 attorneys general,* including Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, announced a new joint effort to fight climate change, including possible investigations into climate denial and misinformation campaigns of fossil fuel companies.1

That should mean ExxonMobil — whose executives have known since 1978 that fossil fuels were causing dangerous global warming, but for decades failed to disclose the risks to investors, and spent millions trying to hide the truth.2

Massachusetts and the Virgin Islands announced they were joining California and New York in launching investigations. But Iowa hasn't joined yet.

This could be a turning point for accountability if enough states come together to hold ExxonMobil's feet to the fire.3

Tell Attorney General Miller: Join the ExxonMobil investigation. Click here to sign the petition.

ExxonMobil's leadership spent decades and millions of dollars funding a systematic disinformation campaign about the risks of their product, which had been confirmed by the company's own scientists. The link between fossil fuels and climate change also posed a risk to ExxonMobil's fossil fuel business and assets — a risk that is required to be disclosed publicly to investors — but for decades, the company failed to do that, too.4

Challenging this type of reckless corporate profit-taking means holding companies accountable who do it. CREDO activists have submitted more than 160,000 petitions to the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission demanding investigations into ExxonMobil.

But leadership from the states is essential. Forty six states came together to hold the tobacco companies accountable to the tune of $200 billion for their misinformation campaign about the risks of tobacco. Fossil fuel companies used many of the same tactics — and literally many of the same people5 — and must similarly be held to account.

A new report that the West Antarctic ice sheet is in danger of melting — and raising sea levels — much more rapidly than scientists had previously thought is yet another sobering reminder of the damage Exxon and other fossil fuel companies have done by delaying our shift to clean energy.6 We can never get back the time they cost us. But serious accountability is a good first step.

Tell Attorney General Miller: Join the ExxonMobil investigation. Click here to sign the petition.

Thanks for speaking out on ExxonMobil.

Elijah Zarlin, Director of Climate Campaigns
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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*The following state attorneys general were part of the new coalition: California, Connecticut, District Of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington State and The US Virgin Islands.

  1. "A.G. Schneiderman, Former Vice President Al Gore And A Coalition Of Attorneys General From Across The Country Announce Historic State-Based Effort To Combat Climate Change," New York Office of the Attorney General, 3/29/16
  2. "Exxon: The Road Not Taken," InsideClimate News, 9/16/15
  3. "Climate Fraud Investigation of Exxon Draws Attention of 17 Attorneys General," InsideClimate News, 3/30/16
  4. "Did ExxonMobil commit securities fraud by denying climate change?," Christian Science Monitor, 11/9/15
  5. "The denial industry," The Guardian, 9/19/06
  6. "Climate Model Predicts West Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Melt Rapidly," New York Times, 3/30/16

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