Prompted by reports in the LA Times that Exxon Mobil has deceived the public for decades about the negative environmental impacts of their business practices, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party worked in partnership with CDP Environmental Caucus Chair RL Miller to pass a resolution calling on the California Attorney General to investigate Exxon’s harmful and deceptive actions.
LACDP’s resolution turned up the heat on this topic, prompting Inside Climate News to post an article titled: “Exxon Probe Gets Another Proponent: the Los Angeles Democratic Party.” In that article, LACDP Chair Eric C. Bauman made clear: “When we see something that might have a negative impact on the people of California, we call attention to it… It is my hope that the attorney general will look at this and consider the issues.”
Bauman’s sentiments received support from Representatives Ted Lieu and Mark DeSaulnier in a letter to the Attorney General, encouraging her to “leverage [her] authorities” as Attorney General “to actively investigate this important and troubling issue.”
We are pleased to report that the Attorney General has launched an investigation into whether Exxon Mobil Corp. repeatedly lied to the public and its shareholders about the public health risks and dangers that they have created – and whether such actions could amount to securities fraud and violations of environmental laws.
In breaking the news, the New York Times pointed to the LACDP resolution as one of the important calls for an investigation that preceded the Attorney General taking action.
On behalf of the 2.5 million Democrats of Los Angeles County, LACDP thanks Attorney General Harris for heeding the call of our passionate activists and using the authority of her office to protect Californians and seek truth and justice in this matter.