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The giant multinational petroleum companies face investigation over alleged climate cover-up

The giant multinational petroleum and gas companies; the Shell and British petroleum company are facing investigations over alleged climate cover-up.

The oil giants are facing investigations that, they misled the general public on the role of fossil fuels in causing global warming. 

The Executives from BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc are set to testify before the US Congress House committee. 

The hearing follows an investigation by the panel into what it termed a “long-running, industry-wide campaign” of climate disinformation. 

The investigation comes as reports raise questions about the role of the petroleum industry in preventing action on global warming by sowing skepticism on the threats of fossil fuels, according to the committee. 

However, the company representatives deny any wrongdoing. 


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The House committee had requested documents from the companies; among them communications from company executives on climate science, climate change, clean energy, and the role of fossil fuels in causing climate change. 

The committee said it was seeking documents regarding the influencing of public opinion and communications with the government and the White House.

“We are deeply concerned that the fossil fuel industry has reaped massive profits for decades while contributing to climate change that is devastating American communities, costing taxpayers billions of dollars, and ravaging the natural world,” committee leaders wrote to company executives.

 “We are also concerned that to protect those profits, the industry has reportedly led a coordinated effort to spread disinformation to mislead the public and prevent crucial action to address climate change.”

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