“People are here in front, making it clear—#ExxonKnew about climate impacts and still put profit over people.”
A group of climate activists on Monday unfurled a massive banner that read, “ExxonKnew: Make Them Pay” outside a meeting of fossil fuel CEOs and government representatives at the Morgan Library and Museum, just blocks away from the U.N. Climate Summit in New York.
“People are here in front, making it clear—#ExxonKnew about climate impacts and still put profit over people,” tweeted 350.org, which organized the protest alongside watchdog group Corporate Accountability.
Environmentalists holding the banner surrounded Morgan Library, where executives from ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, and other fossil fuel giants attended an event organized by the industry-led Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI).
Grateful that @SenMarkey was walking past and cheered us on. We need a Green New Deal and not more fossil fuel companies involved in climate policy.
— 350 dot org (@350) September 23, 2019
Climate justice organizers are currently standing in front of the Morgan Library where the worlds largest Fossil Fuel CEOs are meeting to peddle false solutions, just blocks from the UN’s Climate Action Summit#ExxonKnew #MakethemPay pic.twitter.com/EwrkmvmZGB
— Xaver Kandler (@XaverZava) September 23, 2019
Just a few blocks from the UN #ClimateAction Summit, CEOs of major oil companies gather to discuss their shame climate initiatives.
— 350 dot org (@350) September 23, 2019
Taylor Billings, a spokesperson for Corporate Accountability, denounced the OGCI forum as “nothing more than an opportunity for some of the world’s biggest polluters to greenwash.”
“By holding this event just steps from the U.N. summit, the OGCI is attempting to appear as part of the solution and gain further influence over policymaking,” Billings told The Guardian. “Until governments and the U.N. realize that trying to put the fire out with the arsonists in the room will not work, we risk letting another year go by without adequate action on climate change or supplanting real solutions with fossil fuel industry-driven schemes.”
In an op-ed for Common Dreams on Monday, Patti Lynn, Nnimmo Bassey, Lidy Nacpil wrote that “the industries that have fueled this crisis should have no part in dictating the solutions—rather, they should be made to pay to address the massive damages they have caused and to finance real solutions to the crisis.”
“There is a groundswell of support in the U.S. and beyond to make the fossil fuel and other polluting industries pay for the damages they have caused,” they added. “Holding these industries liable can unlock hundreds of billions of dollars to help finance the most ambitious, most equitable, and most just solutions we have.”
Ahead of Monday’s forum, fossil fuel executives dined with government officials at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York Sunday night, just two days after four million people took to the streets around the world for the youth-led climate strikes.
Dozens of protesters rallied outside the invite-only event and several youth activists unsuccessfully attempted to infiltrate the meeting by disguising themselves as hotel staff.
— Joseph Huff-Hannon (@JoeHuffHannon) September 22, 2019
Activists also projected, “Make Polluters Pay, Make Big Oil Pay” onto the hotel:
Haha and now there’s a projection on the side of the oil & gas CEOs’ fancy dinner hotel.
— Teresa Anderson (@1TeresaAnderson) September 23, 2019
Edric Huang of the environmental group SustainUS said in a statement that the fossil fuel executives driving the climate crisis “should not be throwing dinner parties.”
“While communities have to abandon their homes—while U.S.-based youth of color have to bear the brunt of environmental racism every day—these fossil fuel industry executives wine and dine their way to profit,” said Huang. “We are here to expose them and make them pay.”
Facebook reveals how Russia is already trying to manipulate the 2020 presidential election
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The company removed 50 Instagram accounts and one account on Facebook that originated in Russia and focused primarily on the United States.
Republicans’ laughable effort to attack Adam Schiff lands with a thud
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Spurred on by President Donald Trump's attacks on the chairman, GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy led an effort to censure Schiff on the House floor. On what grounds? It's almost too absurd to make up: lying.
The party of Donald Trump — who lied more times in the hours before the censure vote than Schiff even stands accused of — actually claimed that it's the California lawmaker who should be called out for dishonesty.
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After telling Axios’ Jonathan Swan that he would need to see evidence of an actual “crime,” Graham added that “if you could show me that, you know, Trump actually was engaging in a quid pro quo outside the phone call, that would be very disturbing."