Probing oil marketing

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee are asking five public relations firms and the American Petroleum Institute to cough up internal documents detailing the work they did for fossil fuel companies.

The committee asked API, FTI Consulting, Story Partners, DDC Advocacy, Blue Advertising and Singer Associates to submit documents and information related to the firms’ work on marketing or influence campaigns by June 27.

The request stems from the episode last year when former Exxon Mobil lobbyist Keith McCoy was caught on video saying the company only backed a carbon tax for publicity and never pushed for one in discussions with lawmakers.

“The Committee seeks greater understanding of this cooperation among industry, trade associations and PR firms to influence public opinion and policymaking in ways that prevent the United States from addressing the climate crisis,” Chair Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif,), chair of its oversight panel, wrote. Read the letters here.

In a statement, API spokesperson Megan Bloomgren said with record inflation and rising energy costs, “we need solutions to unlock more American energy to keep the lights on and meet demand while reducing U.S. emissions. And that’s exactly what our industry has been focused on. Any suggestion to the contrary is false.”