Fueling the Climate Crisis: Examining Big Oil’s Prices, Profits, and Pledges

Meeting Notes: 
The hearing will convene in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building and over Zoom, which has been approved by the House.
Date: 
Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 9:00am
Location: 
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Fueling the Climate Crisis: Examining Big Oil’s Prices, Profits, and Pledges

Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney's Opening Statement [PDF]

On Thursday, September 15, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. ET, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Ro Khanna, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Environment, will hold a hearing to examine Exxon, Chevron, BP, and Shell’s record-breaking profits, discuss the adequacy of their climate pledges, and hear firsthand accounts from survivors of climate change-induced severe weather events. 

 

In 2021, Exxon’s net profits were more than $23 billion, Chevron reported profits of $15.6 billion, BP netted its highest profits in eight years at $12.8 billion, and Shell brought in $21.1 billion.  The fossil fuel industry’s profits have only increased in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  In the past quarter, since the start of the Ukraine War, five major oil companies raked in $55 billion.   

 

Despite reaping record profits, these companies have not taken the steps that scientists say are needed to prevent the worst climate impacts.  Instead, they continue their greenwashing campaign by publicly supporting the Paris Agreement and claiming to be working towards a net-zero future, while issuing incomplete and misleading climate pledges and making inadequate investments in unproven energy sources and technologies.
 

At the same time, the climate crisis is growing more severe, with record heat waves, droughts, flooding, and other extreme weather harming Americans and people around the world.

 

The hearing is part of the Committee’s investigation into the fossil fuel industry’s long-running campaign to spread disinformation about climate change and greenwash its role in causing global warming.

 

At the Committee’s earlier hearing in October 2021, fossil fuel executives finally admitted under oath that burning fossil fuels contributes to climate change, which is an existential threat to our planet—but they refused to stop spending money to block climate action.

 

Earlier this year, the Committee invited five board members from Exxon, Chevron, Shell, and BP to testify at a hearing about the companies’ climate pledges.  They failed to appear.  The Committee once again invited the board members to testify, but they once again declined to appear on the date requested.

WITNESSES

Panel 1

 

Kara Boyd

Baskerville, Virginia


Thomas Joseph

Hoopa Valley Tribe, California


Roishetta Ozane

Sulphur, Louisiana

 

Mary Cromer

Whitesburg, Kentucky

 

Jasmin Sanchez 

Baruch Houses, New York 

 

Panel 2

 

Isabella M. Weber, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics

University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

Raya Salter, Esq.
Founder and Executive Director, Energy Justice Law and Policy Center
Member, New York State Climate Action Council

 

J. Mijin Cha, Ph.D., J.D.
Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy, Occidental College
Fellow, Cornell University Worker Institute

 

Michael Shellenberger (Minority Witness)

Founder and President

Environmental Progress

 

 

Additional witnesses to be announced

 

117th Congress