April 10th, 2019

100+ Organizations Urge the EU Parliament to Remove ExxonMobil’s Lobby Badges

Brussels — On March 21, the EU Parliament held the first ever public hearing on climate change denial addressing the special role ExxonMobil played in its decades-long campaign to distort the truth about global warming. The impetus for this hearing was a petition submitted by Food & Water Europe urging the Parliament to act on the case.

ExxonMobil was invited to attend the hearing and give parliamentarians an opportunity to publicaly answer questions about misleading the public, but the multinational fossil fuel giant refused the invitation. Instead, ExxonMobil sent the organizers of the hearing a private letter attempting to discredit one of the expert witnesses, MIT and Harvard researcher Dr. Geoffrey Supran, using a non-peer-reviewed report commissioned and paid for by ExxonMobil.

Reacting to this, more than 100 Brussels and international NGOs and organizations submitted an open letter heavily criticizing ExxonMobil’s behavior and calling on parliamentarians to revoke the fossil fuel corporation’s direct access to the EU Parliament.

Read the letter.

Food & Water Europe is the European programme of Food & Water Watch, a nonprofit organisation based in the United States. Food & Water Europe champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people and advocate for a democracy that improves people's lives and protects our environment. https://www.foodandwatereurope.org