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Climate Hawks Vote congratulates California AG Harris for Exxon investigation

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Climate Hawks Vote congratulates California Attorney General Kamala Harris on her decision to investigate Exxon Mobil. As reported by the Los Angeles Times this morning, Harris is ā€œinvestigating whether ExxonMobil Corp. repeatedly lied to the public and its shareholders about the risk to its business from climate change ā€” and whether such actions could amount to securities fraud and violations of environmental laws.ā€

Climate Hawks Vote cofounder RL Miller states: ā€œWe commend AG Harris for her courageous decision to act on behalf of the people of the state of California. Exxon’s climate pollution has already touched Californiansā€™ lives, in the form of wildfires, an exceptional drought amplified by global warming,  and sea level rise along the iconic California coastline. We have confidence that Californiaā€™s attorney general will bring to justice those who lied about its risks.ā€

The Times story comes one week after a resolution authored by Miller, asking Harris to investigate, passed the Los Angeles County Democratic Party – the largest Democratic party in the state. Harris is running for US Senate and faces a critical California Democratic Party endorsement vote Feb. 27.  

Climate Hawks Vote was the first organization in the nation to call on the US Attorney General Loretta Lynch to prosecute ExxonMobil for its deliberate climate deception, and has called on multiple states attorney general to take action.

About Climate Hawks Vote: We’re a grassroots-funded organization building political power for the climate movement. Hatched in 2014, we endorsed 17 candidates and won 11 of those races. We hold politicians accountable through a sophisticated scorecard tracking not only votes, but also leadership and public engagement on climate. Our board of directors includes Bill McKibben and Jigar Shah.

Paid for in part by Climate Hawks Vote Political Action. Not authorized by any candidate or candidateā€™s committee.

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