Recent revelations show that fossil fuel companies deliberately deceived the public about climate change for decades. Today tell your state senator to support California SB 1161, which would extend the statute of limitations on climate deception for four years so these companies can be sued for their crimes.
The Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act (SB 1161), sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists, is up for its first vote on Wednesday, May 25, and your state senator needs to hear from you. Call your state senator’s office today! And click here to send a letter urging your state senator not to let fossil fuel companies off the hook for their crimes.
In 2015, the Union of Concerned Scientists and several news sources brought to light dozens of leaked and recovered internal company documents from Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, Shell, and other fossil fuel companies. These documents show clearly that for decades the companies have understood that their products cause global warming and were aware of the science and risks of climate change — at the same time they were deliberately deceiving the public.
Secret memos show that in 1998 the American Petroleum Institute—whose member companies include BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell—made a plan to manufacture public uncertainty about climate science.
These companies could use the statute of limitations to avoid responsibility for these crimes. By extending the statute of limitations on culpable climate deception, AB 1161 could prevent them from getting away with the deliberate deception that stalled urgent action on climate change.