Following a public spat over climate change legislation, oil giant ExxonMobil has pulled its membership from the Koch brothers-backed anti-climate-change lobbying group, American Legislative Exchange Council. . . .
ExxonMobil is only the latest oil company to abandon ALEC, after BP, ConocoPhillips, and Occidental Petroleum all left the organization in recent years. Silicon Valley giants Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and Yelp all left the organization in 2014 in protest over its climate-change denial policies.
According to a report in the Washington Examiner earlier this month, ExxonMobil representatives disagreed sharply with a draft resolution put forward at its meeting in December. . . .
The Heartland Institute proposal would have lobbied the government to reverse the EPA's 2009 "Endangerment Finding" that specified eight different greenhouse gases, including methane and carbon dioxide, are dangerous to human health because they contribute to global warming. ExxonMobil lobbied against the proposal, according to the Examiner. . . .
"The risk of climate change is clear and the risk warrants action. Increasing carbon emissions in the atmosphere are having a warming effect. There is a broad scientific and policy consensus that action must be taken to further quantify and assess the risks. ExxonMobil is taking action by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its operations, helping consumers reduce their emissions, supporting research that leads to technology breakthroughs and participating in constructive dialogue on policy options," ExxonMobil wrote on its website.