Exxon tapes add fuel for congressional investigators

Source: By Nick Sobczyk and Timothy Cama, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2021

Exxon Mobil Corp. scrambled to respond yesterday to a secretive video recording that detailed the company’s lobbying practices, but the incident could be an even greater impetus for a congressional inquiry as a House subcommittee chairman continued to warn of subpoenas for top executives. “They should be under no illusion. We will subpoena if they are not cooperative, and I have spoken to a lot of people in leadership,” House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Environment Chairman Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) said in an interview yesterday. “This adds fuel to the fire.” He said the tapes confirm pieces of what’s been reported about Exxon’s lobbying and advocacy work. Khanna had previously said he plans to invite top executives from Exxon, Chevron Corp. and other companies to testify on climate disinformation before his panel.