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Tue Jul 6, 2021, 09:26 PM

Exxon Exposed: Greenpeace Tricks Top Lobbyists into Naming Senators They Use to Block Climate Action



Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna, the chair of the House Oversight Subcommittee on the Environment, has announced plans to ask the CEOs of Exxon and other fossil fuel companies to testify before the committee about their role in blocking congressional action to address the climate emergency. Khanna made the request after Greenpeace UK released a video of two lobbyists discussing Exxon’s secretive efforts to fight climate initiatives in Washington, revealing how the oil giant supported a carbon tax to appear proactive about climate change while privately acknowledging that such a tax has no chance of being passed. We feature the complete video and speak to one of the activists involved with it. “The reality is that almost nothing has changed in the Exxon playbook,” says Charlie Kronick, senior climate adviser at Greenpeace UK. “This has been going on for decades.”

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NARRATOR: This is Keith McCoy, one of ExxonMobil’s top Capitol Hill lobbyists. And this is Dan Easley. Until February this year, he was Exxon’s leading White House lobbyist. Unearthed posed as recruitment consultants and told them we had a client who admired their work. Then we interviewed them on Zoom and asked them to tell us what they and the other lobbyists at Exxon have been up to.

ExxonMobil is so powerful that the management suite at its global headquarters is known as the “God Pod.” Until recently, it was the biggest, richest corporation in the history of the world. For decades, critics have claimed Exxon deploys cynical, aggressive lobbying techniques to pull the strings of government, while running clandestine campaigns to block action on climate change, discredit its opponents and distract attention from its polluting activities. But not one of its serving senior executives has ever come clean about the Exxon playbook — until now.

Here’s what Dan Easley and Keith McCoy told us. Mr. McCoy revealed that, behind the scenes, the company has been working hard to undermine President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan. The White House proposal included spending hundreds of billions on clean energy and transport as part of the most ambitious clean energy legislation ever proposed by a U.S. president, and it would have been paid for by higher taxes on corporations like Exxon. But these ambitious proposals are on the verge of being defeated. According to Mr. McCoy, Exxon has been working to scale back the legislation and stop Exxon paying more tax. He told us which United States senators the company sought to recruit to their lobbying campaign — and they’re not all Republicans.



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REPORTER: Who’s the crucial guys for you?

KEITH McCOY: Well, Senator Capito, who’s the ranking member on environment and public works. Joe Manchin, I talk to his office every week, and he is the kingmaker on this, because he’s a Democrat from West Virginia, which is a very conservative state. And he’s not shy about sort of staking his claim early and completely changing the debate. So, on the Democrat side, we look for the moderates on these issues. So it’s the Manchins. It’s the Sinemas. It’s the Testers.

NARRATOR: Exxon is even trying to get through to President Biden through his friend, Senator Chris Coons.

KEITH McCOY: One of the other ones that aren’t talked about is Senator Coons, who’s from Delaware, who has a very close relationship with Senator Biden. So we’ve been working with his office. As a matter of fact, our CEO is talking to him next Tuesday.

Then you take it out a little bit more, and you say, “OK, well, who’s up for reelection in 2022?” That’s Hassan. That’s Kelly. And then, obviously, the Republicans. We have a great relationship with the senators where we have assets. I can’t worry about the 2027 class, because they’re not focused on reelection. The 2022 class is focused on reelection, so I know I have them. Those are the Marco Rubios. Those are the Senator Kennedys. Those are the Senator Daines. So, you can have those conversations with them because they’re a captive audience. They know they need you, and I need them.

NARRATOR: Dan Easley left Exxon earlier this year, after nearly eight years lobbying for the corporation. He described just how big a problem Biden’s original proposal posed for oil and gas companies.


more transcript & video at link (from a zoom meeting with exxon guys)
https://www.democracynow.org/2021/7/6/exxon_blocks_congressional_action_climate

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Response to orleans (Original post)

Tue Jul 6, 2021, 09:45 PM

1. appalling

Thanks for posting this link.

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Response to orleans (Original post)

Tue Jul 6, 2021, 09:50 PM

2. We in a circular firing squad now?

Because that's not "having senators in your pocket." It's lobbying just like every company, industry, and interest group ian the world does.

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Response to orleans (Original post)

Tue Jul 6, 2021, 10:00 PM

3. Ummm. Ro Khanna, you own $7 million in fossil fuel stocks. Explain Please.




Ro Khanna
@RoKhanna
The fossil fuel industry continues to manipulate public opinion and exert undue influence in shaping policy in Congress. I will not rest until we bring the fossil fuel executives in to testify in front of Congress.


🤔 wait a minute...

I guess maybe he doesn't own Exxon stocks.
But somthing's just not squaring here.



I'd like to hear Khanna explain how one can hold $7million in fossil fuel stocks on one hand, & yet be advocating against fossil fuels & pro climate change on the other.

I mean it. I'd REALLY like to hear his explanation.
Because I'm sure he has one to offer up if the question is presented.

How does one do this?

Before Ro Khanna goes outing any Democrat's names, maybe he could give an explanation as to his own million $ fossil fuel stocks.

Just saying. What's up with this.

And Yes, we all have an absolute right to question our reps. All of them.

Thank you.







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Response to Budi (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 6, 2021, 10:08 PM

4. Where did that graph come from?

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Response to Beaverhausen (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 6, 2021, 10:39 PM

6. Truthout.org - Manchin owns $5 million as well

https://truthout.org/articles/members-of-congress-own-up-to-93-million-in-fossil-fuel-stocks/?amp

Manchin owns $5 million as well, which is why it seems a little weird that Khanna calls out Manchin's beholding to big oil, when he has $7 mill in ff stocks as well.

I have read that Khanna's stock wealth originated from his wife's investments.
But list under his name.

Ya know what?
I'm really getting sick of the political double speak on all sides.
Wtf. Who do we even trust to be straight with their words anymore.

You have to research every damned one of them for honesty. Cripe. This is getting really old.
🙄

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Response to Beaverhausen (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 6, 2021, 11:02 PM

9. I've seen the same data on Opensecrets and FEC.org. and actually the House financial disclosure....

....website. It's all out there for people to find.

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Response to Budi (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 6, 2021, 10:31 PM

5. He owns Exxon stock, as well as Chevron stock, and others.

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Response to George II (Reply #5)

Tue Jul 6, 2021, 10:46 PM

7. So why does he call out Manchin then? Manchin owns $5 million of the same stock as Ro!

Wth

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Response to Budi (Reply #7)

Tue Jul 6, 2021, 11:02 PM

10. One would have to ask him, but I don't know if a response would be forthcoming.

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Response to Budi (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 6, 2021, 11:06 PM

11. Ro Khanna owns millions in fossil fuel stock

His exuse? "Not mine, my wifes."

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Response to BlueLucy (Reply #11)

Tue Jul 6, 2021, 11:11 PM

12. Yes, that's the response I got from him when I questioned him. NO, if he's married to her.....

....it's his, too.

He's been estimated to be the 15th richest member of both the House and Senate combined.

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Response to George II (Reply #12)

Tue Jul 6, 2021, 11:18 PM

13. He won't divest.

Yea, no way in hell he and his wife will divest. Unless, unless it benefits them. He's a damn joke!

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Response to BlueLucy (Reply #13)

Wed Jul 7, 2021, 07:20 AM

15. Far from divesting, just last year he purchased MORE Exxon stock! These disclosures are....

....difficult to read (scanned into the House system, very small) but you can get an idea of the assets of any Member of Congress here:

https://disclosures-clerk.house.gov/PublicDisclosure/FinancialDisclosure

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Response to Budi (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 7, 2021, 01:18 AM

14. Oh my.. what is he thinking

having $7 Million $$$$ in Fossil Fuel stocks when he advocates Against them!

That'd be kinda like talking about the Virtues of organic Veganism & having stock in fast food chains.

Thank you for that.. I see the link down thread.

https://truthout.org/articles/members-of-congress-own-up-to-93-million-in-fossil-fuel-stocks/?amp

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Response to Budi (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 7, 2021, 09:44 PM

17. "Before Ro Khanna goes outing any Democrat's names........"

There oughta be a law


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Response to orleans (Original post)

Wed Jul 7, 2021, 09:47 AM

16. I was disappointed but not surprised that Ro is one of the Just Us Democrats

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