The Myths Oil Companies Use to Resist Climate Action in California
Jul 18th, 2016
It’s hard to blame the oil companies for trying to find a way to avoid going out of business as the economy moves away from fossil fuels and toward low-carbon options. But doing so by suppressing vital scientific data that proved climate change was coming decades ago, spreading misinformation, or using heavy-handed lobbying tactics are unethical and should be illegal.
As their situation becomes more dire, groups like the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) are breaking records in the level of lobbying expenditures aimed at blocking clean-energy and climate programs in California.
This provision was ultimately stripped from the final bill.
Chevron, a key WSPA member (along with BP, Exxon-Mobil and others), spent an additional $4 million in the effort.